A mother who recently gave birth has been found to have contracted the flesh-eating bacteria- the same infection that a young Georgia college student has been battling on a national stage.
Lana Kuykendall gave birth to twins last week at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and is now fighting the flesh-eating bacteria known as necrotizing fasciitis back in her home state of South Carolina, according to Fox News.
Kuykendall is currently listed in critical but stable condition at Greenville Memorial Hospital. A friend was with her when she gave birth.
"She had about a 30 hour labor. She had the babies naturally like she wanted to. Abigail and Ian, a boy and a girl," her friend Kayla Moon said.
Kuykendall was released from the hospital a few days later and returned home to South Carolina. The next day she noticed a spot on her leg.
"It kind of look like a bruise with a red outline," said Moon.
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Moon explained that when the spot was first discovered it was the size of her palm, but several hours later after she had checked into Greenville Memorial Hospital it had more than doubled in size.
Doctors determined she had flesh-eating bacteria. They performed four surgeries in six days. Surgeons removed tissue from her leg to keep the bacteria from spreading.
While cases of flesh eating bacteria are rare, the recent reports involving a young college student have garnered national attention for the deadly bacteria.
Aimee Copeland, 24, was kayaking down a creek in Georgia with friends when they decided to stop and play with a homemade zip line. While she was on the device the line snapped and as a result suffered a large wound on her calf.
Copeland was rushed into emergency surgery where doctors performed a high-hip amputation of her left leg and removed further infected tissue from her abdomen. She remains in critical condition.