After being told she has only a 20% chance of survival, a Newnan Georgia woman recovers from a flesh eating bacteria as reported by ABC news. The bacteria had spread to her lung s and left her in excruciating pain. Kristie Vessel is 43 years old and she was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis in May, which kills tissue as it spreads, according to Select Specialty Hospital CEO Matthew Pearson. An infection that started with her leg reached her lungs, Vessell is at Select Specialty Hospital.
Necrotizing Fasciitis is a very rare infection which infects the deeper layers of the skin and spread easily. Majority of these infections are caused by organisms that reside on a person’s skin.
Vessel was put into an induced coma to relive her pain and help her breath after her emergency surgery. The surgery which was performed to see what was wrong with her, as when she came in she could barely walk and had a high fever of 106 degrees.
Husband Jack Vessel told ABC News that they waited until the last minute because they could not figure out what was wrong.
Doctors believe Kristie Vessel to have contracted the infection from an open sore on her leg.
Jack Vessel said that they had not been on vacation or fishing or swimming so there is confusion as to how she contracted the disease. Jack Vessel expressed his grief over watching his wife being able to walk and being fine to being stuck in the hospital with this horrific infection.
But now Kristie Vessel is doing well, she is breathing on her own and soon will receive physical and occupational therapy to help her walk again. She will continue to stay at the hospital for the next few months, with the doctors monitoring her, until she is fit to be sent home. The doctors feel that it may be at least a year or maybe two till she’s back to “normal”.