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Upstate man remembers his wife's battle with rare disease

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A family photo of Amy Hawkins from an earlier Christmas. (Courtesy Russell Hawkins) A family photo of Amy Hawkins from an earlier Christmas. (Courtesy Russell Hawkins)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Russell Hawkins says the past few weeks have been painful to hear stories about other people battling the rare flesh-eating disease.

"It has been horrible.  It brings back so many memories for me," said Hawkins. 

He said his wife, 45-year-old Amy Hawkins, had the same disease that can destroy skin, fat and tissue in a very short amount of time.

"She hurt her leg in Pigeon Forge," Hawkins said. He said that happened April 2007 around Easter. It led to her right leg swelling up and eventually draining blood. 

Russell Hawkins said his wife was rushed to Greenville Memorial Hospital, where she was treated for the disease that was spreading. He said she underwent 12 different surgeries and doctors thought she'd lose a limb.

"They thought the leg was going to have to be amputated but they were able to save it," Hawkins said. 

Hawkins said he and his wife were married six years when she died July 2009, two years after she fell and hurt herself outdoors. He said to hear about the recent stories break his heart, but he did say what held him together in the mist of wife's illness: "My faith in God," said Russell Hawkins. 

Russell Hawkins said his wife later developed some other complications and a nervous disorder that led to her death.

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