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Flesh-Eating Bacteria Takes Mom's Hand, Both Feet

More amputations may be needed

(Newser) - A Georgia mother and former Marine has been in the fight of her life since entering the hospital on May 25—a hospital whose staff dubbed her "Miracle Girl." That name came after Cindy Martinez survived surgeries to remove dead tissue from her body after being diagnosed with... More »

Floridian Is Now 3rd to Die of Seawater Bacteria

But he got the infection in Mississippi

(Newser) - At least three people in Florida have now died from a nasty warm-water bacteria called vibrio vulnificus this year, but the latest case should put people outside of Florida on alert, too. That's because the victim contracted it while on vacation in Mississippi, reports Tampa's Fox 13 . Florida... More »

Mud Run Leaves Woman Blind in Eye, With $100K Bill

Uninsured mom faces flesh-eating bacteria, steep medical tab

(Newser) - A young mother in Texas who holds down two jobs but doesn't have health insurance is in the fight of her life—doing battle with not just the necrotizing fasciitis that has already claimed the vision in her left eye but also with her $100,000 medical bill. It... More »

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Hits 5 in Chesapeake

One woman spends a month recovering after getting infected during kayak trip

(Newser) - A Maryland woman is lucky after a "wee beastie" invaded a cut on her foot while she enjoyed the waters of the Patuxent River, a tributary of Chesapeake Bay. The aggressive, flesh-eating Vibrio vulnificus bacteria multiply in warm weather and can cause skin and blood infections and intestinal illness,... More »

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Hits Southern Beachgoers

Several deaths reported

(Newser) - Not long after Florida warned beachgoers to be careful, new reports are emerging of tourists suffering from flesh-eating bacteria. The Weather Channel points to reports of at least three deaths in the state this year, while others have suffered from Vibrio Vulnificus in Alabama and Texas. A Georgia man ended... More »

Woman Falls Off Bike, Gets Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Doctors manage to avoid amputating college student's leg

(Newser) - It seemed like a minor cut. Kylie Marble and her grandfather were playing "bike tag" on a paved trail near Portland, Ore., when she fell off and cut her knee. The 21-year-old went to the hospital, got it stitched up, and thought that was the end of it …... More »

Student Hit by Flesh-Eating Bacteria Gets Bionic Hands

Aimee Copeland continues recovery

(Newser) - A Georgia woman who lost both hands, her left leg, and her right foot after contracting a flesh-eating disease has been fitted with prosthetic hands. Aimee Copeland, 25, has been fitted with a pair of hands with 24 programmable functions that will improve her dexterity. She got the "i-limbs"... More »

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Victim Goes Home

Aimee Copeland leaves rehab

(Newser) - Aimee Copeland celebrated leaving rehab yesterday with a trip to Longhorn Steakhouse for lunch, then spent her first night home in nearly four months watching Comedy Central with her sister. Copeland, who lost her hands, leg, and foot to flesh-eating bacteria after a zipline accident in May, spent two... More »

Alaska Man Battling Flesh-Eating Disease

He may lose arm to infection caused by splinter

(Newser) - Another case of the rare flesh-eating infection necrotizing fasciitis has surfaced, this time in Alaska. Juneau man Ruben Pereyra was flown to a hospital in Seattle where he has been fighting the infection for two weeks, the Juneau Empire reports. He is in stable condition but may lose an arm.... More »

Student With Flesh-Eating Bacteria Leaves Hospital

Aimee Copeland defies doctors' expectations, heads to rehab

(Newser) - Aimee Copeland, the woman diagnosed with a rare, flesh-eating disease , left the hospital today after nearly two months and headed to an inpatient rehabilitation clinic, where she'll learn to move with the aid of a wheelchair after having her left leg, right foot, and both hands amputated. Copeland's... More »

Flesh-Eating Victim Finally Speaks

Aimee Copeland talking for first time since early-May hospitalization

(Newser) - For the first time in nearly a month, flesh-eating bacteria sufferer Aimee Copeland has graduated from mouthing words to actually speaking, reports WRDW . "Today…May 27……is AIMEE DAY!!!" her father blogged yesterday; her family has been using the phrase to refer to the day she would... More »

4th Victim Loses Leg to Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Paul Bales cut himself working on dock in Lake Sinclair

(Newser) - An astounding third victim in Georgia—the fourth in recent weeks in the Southeast—has been infected by a flesh-eating bacteria and has already lost his leg to the disease. Paul Bales cut his leg three weeks ago while removing a section of dock on Lake Sinclair in Milledgeville. "... More »

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