After a Terrifying Ordeal, Lana Kuykendall is Set to Return Home Soon.
It’s the kind of situation that nightmares are made out of. Having flesh eating bacteria is a devastating condition, and for one woman, that nightmare was her flesh-eating reality. 36-year-old Lana Kuykendall, the flesh eating bacteria mother, was diagnosed with a flesh eating disease shortly after giving birth to twins in early May. Her and another flesh eating bacteria victim, Aimee Copeland, have been in the news lately and garnered vast support for their conditions. There’s good news, though- Copeland is set to return home in August, and Kuykendall is even sooner.
Lana Kuykendall’s Story
After giving birth to twins, Lana Kuykendall noticed one of the symptoms of flesh eating bacteria- a growing spot on her leg with a bruise-like, red/black color after experiencing pain. Her husband took her to the hospital immediately, as she thought it might be a blood clot. However, the doctors diagnosed her with flesh-eating bacteria and she needed surgery. What is flesh eating bacteria? It’s actually called necrotizing faciitis, and it’s a rare, but potentially lethal disease. Like most diseases, the earlier it is noticed, the more hope there is for treatment. Luckily, Kuykendall noticed.
Necrotizing faciitis treatment has caused Kuykendall to have 20 surgeries. She has been recovering at Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital. The vice president of the Greenville Hospital Center said that she’s making a great recovery and is set to return home very soon. She has been undergoing both daily physical and occupational therapy, and is now even able to eat normal food. Doctors have offered no explanation as to how she became infected so far. Despite the tragic situation, Kuykendall has said that she thanks God for her recovery and that there have been many miracles along the way for her healing.
Aimee Copeland's Flesh-Eating BacteriaKuykendall isn’t the only woman who has been in the news because of flesh eating bacteria. 24-year-old Aimee Copeland became infected with necrotizing faciitis in May. It happened after a makeshift zip line she was on snapped, causing her to fall and resulting in a large gash in her leg. Later, she was diagnosed with the flesh eating disease and has garnered much media attention due to her ordeal. She has lost parts of four limbs, and many have taken to blogs and social networks to donate to her and simply show her support during the difficult situation. Doctors say she can return home in August after her home is ready for her.
Flesh Eating Disease Risk Factors
It’s rare and hard to diagnose, but there are some necrotizing faciitis risk factors that contribute to the likelihood of catching a flesh eating disease.
- Health problems, such as diabetes or a kidney disease
- An already weakened immune system
- Medications that decrease infection resistance
- A cut in the skin (as in the case of Aimee Copeland)
- A viral infection, like chicken pox