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New mom contracts flesh-eating bacteria

Posted: Updated: May 17, 2012 06:54 AM
Lana Kuykendall with her newborn twins before getting sick in Greenville. (Courtesy Janelle Alier) Lana Kuykendall with her newborn twins before getting sick in Greenville. (Courtesy Janelle Alier)

A Greenville woman is fighting for her life against a flesh-eating bacteria.

Lana Kuykendall delivered twins last Monday in Atlanta. She returned to Greenville Thursday night, and by Friday night, a painful rash had spread across the top of her leg.

Kuykendall is being treated at Greenville Memorial Hospital. She's listed in critical but stable condition.

Krissy Davidson said Kuykendall is sedated. She's fighting for her life, but her vital signs are getting back to normal. She said Kuykendall "still hears us and we know that she still feels our touches at this point."

The infection is called Necrotizing Fasciitis, and it's when the bacteria gets into an open wound and kills the skin and tissue as it quickly spreads. Kuykendall's friends said the bacteria that got to her is called Group A Strep.

Kuykendall's friends said she's had at least four surgeries so far. Doctors have cut away dead tissue.

Dr. Todd Roemmich at Parkside Pediatrics said his office sees Group A Strep every day, but usually it's in the form of strep throat or skin rashes.

"Group A is in the environment; it's on our skin normally; it just normally doesn't cause this type of infection because the barrier of the skin is protected," said Roemmich. "It takes a deep wound for bacteria to get inside."

Roemmich said the bacteria itself is contagious, as is any bacteria. Its everywhere, including on people's hands, throats and nasal cavities. He said people cannot get Nectrotizing Fasciitis from someone else who has it because it has to be the exact right circumstance, with the bacteria getting into an injury or wound.

Kuykendall's friends say doctors don't know how she got the infection, but they know the road to recovery will be a long one.

Kayla Moon, an EMT who works with Kuykendall, also shared pregnancies with her. She said she isn't nervous to get the bacteria, since it is so rare, but she can't wait to see her friend back with her babies.

"Hopefully when she gets better she can get the bonding experience started again, and I know she's excited to do that," said Moon.

Friends and family have been taking care of the twins, Ian andAbigail, as Kuykendall's husband spends his days at the hospital.

A fund for Kuykendall has been set up at the Greenville Hospital SystemCredit Union under her husband's name, Darren Kuykendall.

This is to help the family with expenses now and as Lana Kuykendall recovers. Send donations to 211 Patewood Dr., Greenville, SC, 29615.

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