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Flesh-Eating Bacteria Cases Reported


GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WKOW) -- Doctors try to figure out how two people recently contracted a rare flesh-eating bacteria.

One is a grad student in Georgia. The other is a new mother of twins from South Carolina.

This is a very rare and aggressive infection. It goes after the deep layers of your skin.

The latest victim, Lana Kuykendall is being treated in South Carolina after giving birth to twins, May 7.

It's unclear how she contracted it. Surgeons have already cut out dead skin and tissues from both of her legs.

A friend says it seems as though that's stopped the spread. Still, she's keeping Kuykendall in her prayers.

"Right now, just very worried, very upset. Still in disbelief that here is my friend, who just had these two beautiful babies, and not able to enjoy the bonding experience," said Krissy Davidson, Friend of Lana Kuykendall.

Meanwhile, a 24-year-old in Georgia was also hospitalized with the rare flesh eating bacteria, May 4.

Aimee Copeland got a gash in her leg after a homemade zip line broke and she needed stitches.

Doctors in Augusta removed part of her abdomen, amputated her leg and expect to remove her fingers, to stop the spread, but she's still in critical condition.

A third woman in North Carolina who had this about 18 months ago is reaching out to Copeland.

Janelle Hansberger got the flesh-eating bacteria after cutting her foot. Her leg had to be amputated.

Hansberger says she contacted Copeland through Facebook, to help her adjust to life with a prosthetic leg.

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