12-Year-Old Indiana Girl Contracts Deadly Flesh-Eating Disease During Florida Vacation

Kylei Parker

Once the girl took an MRI, Brown said doctors noticed an infection was "spreading and running pretty rapidly" through her body. "We were only allowed in the water to our ankles because the waves were huge and the undertow was too unsafe", Michelle posted.

"We were only allowed in the water to our ankles because the waves were huge and the undertow was too unsafe", said Brown in a Facebook post.

Brown believes Kylei contracted the infection through a scrape on her toe while in the waters off Destin.

Michelle Brown shared her daughter, Kylei's story on Facebook this month.

Kylei was lucky: she endured numerous surgeries, and now has a gaping gash on her leg, but she is alive and recovering without amputations. "And doing that, they were trying to save her leg and save her because the infection was moving so rapidly", Brown told WKRG. "Her blood pressure was just continuously dropping", Brown said. However, Florida health officials do encourage residents and tourists to check the Florida Healthy Beaches Program to ensure water quality before heading out.

"The infection was in her muscle lining (fascia)". Unfortunately for the Brown family, this beach trip to Destin turned out to be more of a nightmare than a dream after their 12-year-old daughter contracted flesh-eating bacteria after bathing in only ankle deep water.

Kylei has started walking again with the aid of physical therapy, and hopes to return to the softball pitch once she has healed. The girl underwent additional surgeries after she developed septic shock. That's when the family found out that the infection behind her knee was necrotizing fasciitis, a rare flesh-eating disease.

At Riley, doctors administered multiple tests and had to do immediate surgery to try to save her leg, Michelle wrote.

After a week of being in hospital, Kylei was finally well enough to go home.

Necrotizing fascitis can be caused by different kinds of bacteria, like Group A Strep or Vibrio vulnificus.

"Accurate diagnosis, rapid antibiotic treatment, and prompt surgery are important to stopping this infection".

While the number of cases isn't rising, the CDC says one-in-three will die.

On June 11, her daughter's pain reached an unusual high and she could only walk on her toes the whole day, before the pain came too crippling for her to walk. "We are taking oral antibiotics as well as IV antibiotics 3 times a day, and pain meds every four hours".

"It's just so hard seeing friends and family on the beach and having fun, because we were there doing the same thing and I nearly lost her", Michelle Brown said. "It is CRITICAL to be aware of the signs and symptoms and getting treatment quickly", Michelle wrote.

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