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College Student Fighting Flesh Eating Bacteria

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flesh-eating-bacteriaCollege Student Fighting Flesh Eating Disease. 

Aimee Copeland, a student at a college in Georgia is fighting for her life after contracting necrotizing fasciitis from a leg wound. The young woman has already had her leg amputated and doctors fear that her hands and remaining foot might also be infected with the flesh eating disease. Necrotizing fasciitis is a very uncommon bacterial infection that occurs mostly in warm climates and is commonly caused by an infection in a wound. 

Flesh Eating Bacteria

The flesh eating bacterial infection is not common but can be contracted after an injury or laceration. The flesh eating bacteria grow in warmer climates and attacks muscle and skin deep in the layers of subcutaneous tissues. People who contract the flesh eating disease, necrotizing fasciitis, almost always have to undergo surgery to remove the infected tissues to stop the spread of the bacteria. The flesh eating disease has an extremely high mortality rate and often leads to full or partial amputation. Anyone who has a laceration, injury or wound should seek medical help especially if the wound doesn’t seem to be healing or if the wound is accompanied by extreme and intense pain. 

Aimee Copeland Skin Eating Bacteria

24-year-old Aimee Copeland, who attends a college in Georgia, contracted deadly necrotizing fasciitis after suffering a laceration on a homemade zip line. Aimee Copeland went to the hospital directly after the incident where her wound was cleaned and closed with 22 staples. The following days the college student returned for treatment complaining about intense pain. After the fourth day of returning for treatment for the laceration doctors discovered that Copeland had contracted deadly necrotizing fasciitis. By the time the flesh eating bacteria was uncovered, it became apparent that the college student would need to have her leg amputated. Aimee Copeland’s condition worsened and now doctors fear that she will lose her remaining foot and both hands to the skin infection. 

Necrotizing Fasciitis

While the necrotizing fasciitis is commonly referred to as flesh eating disease, the skin infection can affect your entire body. Aimee Copeland has been put on a ventilator to aid her breathing because the bacterial infection has ravaged a large portion of her body. Though the skin infection is very uncommon, we should all be diligent and on the look out for symptoms after suffering an injury or wound. 

  • Seek medical help for any injury or wound that was contracted in a warm outdoor client. If an injury is sustained while outside, on a body of water or in a very warm damp place, it is a good idea to get it checked out. 
  • Keep wounds clean and monitor skin for any major changes. 
  • If the pain of a wound isn’t getting any better after a significant amount of time, there could be something wrong. Get it checked out just to be safe. 

We are all hoping that Aimee Copeland has a swift recovery and overcomes the terrible flesh eating disease. 

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