Giving birth can be hell. I say this and I’m the kinda girl that gets an epidural the first five minutes after she arrives at the hospital. I can’t imagine how much harder it might be to carry around and deliver twins. The only thing I can think of that might be worse than that is getting FLESH-EATING BACTERIA!!
Brand new mother Lana Kuykendall, 36, has been living this nightmare scenario, and fighting for her life, ever since she delivered Ian and Abigail last Thursday. Days after coming home from their births, she started feeling a pain in her leg. News reports say that Kuykendall, a paramedic, realized something was terribly wrong when she noticed a black and red bruise spreading rapidly. Her husband rushed her to the hospital on Friday, and she has since had five surgeries to remove dying tissue caused by the infection.
Reuters reports that Kuykendall was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, “… a flesh-eating infection that can destroy muscles, skin and tissue.” In an interview with Dr. Jerry Gibson, an epidemiologist with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Gibson told Reuters necrotizing fasciitis is, “… the worst kind of bacterial infection. It destroys tissues and invades the long membranes. We see four or five cases a year in South Carolina. There’s no prevention.” One in every four people with necrotizing fasciitis dies.
Kuykendal is on a ventilator and in critical but stable condition. While Kuykendall’s husband stays by her side at Greenville Memorial Hospital, family and friends are sharing the duties of taking care of her newborns.
Photo credit: Kukendall family