Flesh eating bacteria pictures (necrotizing fasciitis) of Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old Ga. Student has caused many people to take this rare disease seriously. We had talked about how this terrible disease though rare has infected an Indian woman called Karunawathi.
A blood drive was being taken at the University of West Georgia, where the psychology graduate student was getting her Master’s degree, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sadly, there are more amputations likely, though she communicates through lip reading
How did Aimee Copeland get flesh eating bacteria ?
It is learnt that on May 1, she had an accident on a zip line located on a Ga. river. The accident led to a deep cut that eventually needed 22 staples to close. Bacteria called WT (wild type) Aeromonas hydrophila strain SSU or Aeromonas hydrophila that’s prevalent in warm, brackish waters seeped in through the cut leading to Necrotizing fasciitis.
Flesh eating bacteria is known to spread quickly and the doctors have already amputated a larger part of Copeland’s left leg to save her life. Her parents claims that the doctors may amputate her fingers too though the doctors are trying to save the palms which may allow her to use prosthetic fingers. There is however no sign of brain damage and her lungs are working fine. She has a breathing tube in her throat as of now and it is not known when it will come out.
Her father blogged, “Let me just say that we had a lot of fun with Aimee today .We saw Aimee laugh and smile. She told us some things she wanted, we played games with her and she was very stimulated. It was an amazing time. The nurses were even laughing and saying it sounded like a game show in Aimee’s room. I will blog fully every detail tomorrow.”
Flesh Eating Bacteria (necrotizing fasciitis) statistics
It is estimated that there are nearly 750-775 cases of flesh eating bacteria every year but the serious ones caused by Aeromonas hydrophila are even rarer, which according to one doctor has just been a few over the past few decades.
Doctor Schaffner said, “ I can go to the same stream, take a dive and come back fine. The trouble happens only if there is a cut in the skin, a deep gash like what Aimee had. A wound even if it looks clean, but if it is sutured and stapled up soon, it is still deprived of oxygen which can help bacteria grow and spread quickly. Once it is in the blood stream, it can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Also Aeromonas is resistant to some antibiotics that work against strep and other infections”
People with a weak immune system are at higher risk for flesh eating bacteria (necrotizing fasciitis).
Aimee Copeland pictures