MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida woman developed flesh-eating bacteria and died of the disease last week after a small cut on her shin became infected.
Manatee County resident Lynn Fleming was walking along a Gulf of Mexico beach on Anna Maria Island when she tripped and fell, nicking her shin and receiving a cut about three-quarters of an inch long, according to news reports.
“She didn’t know that there was a small ditch there and she stumbled and hit the embankment on the other side,” her son, Wade Fleming, told CBS News.
That was June 10.
Days later, when Lynn Fleming’s leg began swelling and turning black, she was rushed to a hospital where doctors diagnosed necrotizing fasciitis, WFLA-TV reported. Fleming died after a week and a half of treatment. The rare but potentially deadly bacterial infection kills the body’s soft tissue. That’s what happened in Lynn Fleming’s case, although a 12-year-old girl, also infected last month after swimming in Florida waters, survived the bacteria.
HORRIBLE. Lynn Fleming’s last days were spent with family at her little piece of paradise: Coquina Beach. Days later, she was put on life support after contracting the flesh-eating bacteria.https://t.co/M6TprTq12y
— Fox 35 News (@Fox35News) June 29, 2019
“I’m still numb. You know, it’s two weeks and I lost my mother,” Wade Fleming said. “It’s been hard.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate between 500 to 1,000 people a year develop the illness. The bacteria is usually found in warmer waters such as the Gulf of Mexico, but is making an appearance in areas farther north along the East Coast as water temperatures increase.
ABC News: A Florida woman who contracted a flesh-eating bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico died just a week & a half after her injury.
The family of Lynn Fleming, 77, said the grandmother was visiting Coquina Beach when she scraped her left leg in the water. https://t.co/Zb7vAYjGc8
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