Flesh eating bacteria seems like something straight out of a horror film, but low and behold Lana Kuykendall knows all too well what it feels like to be a victim of the terrifying infection. Shortly after giving birth to her twins over two months ago, the South Carolina mother became infected. Her doctors say now that she is ready to go home and that she is making a wonderful recovery. Kuykendall was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis and underwent over twenty surgical procedures. Skin grafts and reconstructive surgery were required, however, no amputations were needed, thankfully.
Apparently this was not the first occurrence of the extremely creepy flesh eating bacteria. Lana Kuykendall mentioned that she had a friend of hers who suffered from a very similar case back in 2007 and Aimee Copland of Georgia ended up losing her hands, a leg, and a foot due to the spread of the infection. Scientists have stated that a number of common bacteria in the environment can lead to this disease, but rarely do. Bacteria that enters the bloodstream usually results in doctors acting more aggressively to rid the individual of the infection. This kind of disease tends to be fatal in around 20% of cases and fewer than 250 cases occur every year in the United States.
If you stop and think about all the diseases and infections that we as human beings could contract it is pretty terrifying. The idea of a flesh eating bacteria just blows my mind! I, myself, am a total movie buff and when a news headline like this one comes out my brain immediately flashes to visions of aliens, gooey monsters, and pod people. It is actually hard to read a story like this and take it seriously. I mean think about it... a flesh eating bacteria? It sounds like a graphic novel or some ridiculous B movie from the 1980's. I could not imagine actually being diagnosed with this type of infection. I feel like my first reaction would be to laugh if I ever heard the words “flesh eating bacteria” come out of my doctor's mouth.
There is so much about the world that we don’t consider and this story just goes to show that. Something like this happening just makes me want to crawl into bed and never get out. It seems as though no matter where we turn we are never truly safe from the terrors of this world. I guess the best we can do is keep reading and researching. Keep up with the news and not just the news you see on television or read on popular websites, but all of the news, news that isn't front page or even second. There is so much that goes unnoticed and I think that it is about time that we try to learn more about whatever we can.