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SC mom battling flesh-eating bacteria improves

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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)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Greenville mom battling a serious flesh-eating bacterial infection has improved, allowing her to be relocated to the rehabilitation hospital.

Lana Kuykendall was upgraded to good condition at Greenville Memorial Hospital earlier this week and moved Thursday to its adjacent rehab facility, Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital, where she will continue to recuperate.

Kuykendall's husband Darren Kuykendall said her skin grafts are healing well and faster than expected. She has begun physical therapy on her legs and has been able to stand and take several small steps with the help of a therapist.

"This is a wonderful milestone on her road to recovery," said Darren Kuykendall. "We are so thankful for the excellent care Lana has received while at Greenville Memorial Hospital and look forward to her ongoing recovery at Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital."

Lana Kuykendall has been taken off antibiotics and continues to recuperate, her doctors said.

"Her prognosis is good, but we know she faces a long rehabilitative process," said Dr. Bill Kelly, hospital epidemiologist for GHS.

Because of her improving condition, Darren Kuykendall said Lana has been able to spend more time with her twins and can hold Abigail and Ian unassisted for the first time.

Lana Kuykendall was admitted to GHS on May 11, days after giving birth to her twins in Atlanta.

A team of surgeons, critical-care physicians and infectious disease specialists have treated and closely monitored Lana Kuykendall, who underwent approximately 20 surgeries to contain and treat the spread of the necrotizing fasciitis.

Doctors said the treatment required aggressive surgical intervention but no amputations. In addition to surgeries, she also underwent extensive hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Friends and strangers continue to rally around the family. A benefit ride is scheduled for June 23 at Simpsonville City Park and a benefit concert is scheduled for June 30 in the amphitheater adjacent to City Park in downtown Simpsonville.

GHS said hundreds of motorcyclists are scheduled to take part in Saturday's benefit ride, according to organizer Joe Lipshepz, field training officer/paramedic with Laurens County EMS and state president of Knights of the Inferno Firefighters Motorcycle Club.

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