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Vigil held for mom with flesh-eating bacteria

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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 remains in critical condition after contracting a form of flesh-eating bacteria.

Greenville Memorial Hospital said Sunday that Lana Kuykendall remained in critical but stable condition while undergoing treatment and surgeries to fight necrotizing fasiicitis.  She was admitted earlier in May, just after giving birth to twins at a hospital in Atlanta.

During a press conference Sunday afternoon, Kuykendall's brother Brian Swaffer said his sister was still sedated and in intensive care. 

Hospital officials said she has now undergone seven debridement surgeries to remove dead tissue from her legs, and the family says she's fortunate to have the infection localized to that area of her body.

Kuykendall delivered her twins May 7 and when she returned to Greenville a few days later, a painful rash had spread across the top of her leg. She was admitted and diagnosed May 11.

Dr. Bill Kelly, a hospital epidemiologist for Greenville Hospital System, said tests have confirmed that the bacteria that caused Kuykendall's infection was Group A Streptococcus.

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Friends and family held a prayer vigil for Kuykendall on Sunday afternoon, which was sponsored by paramedics.

"We're extremely grateful for the extraordinary medical care and the incredible community support we've received," said Darren Kuykendall. "This has been a very tough experience for us all. I can't tell you how touched I am by the outpouring of love and compassion for Lana and the babies."

Kuykendall is a nurse and paramedic, and her husband Darren is a firefighter, who has remained by his wife's side while she fights the illness. The Kuykendall's newborn twins are being cared for by friends and family.

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.

Another fundraiser is a "Loops for Lana" campaign, in which an emergency medical technician and friends are making and selling braided bracelets for $10 each.

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