A 12-year-old girl has experienced weeks of pain after contracting a flesh-eating disease at a Florida beach, CNN reported.
Kylei Brown arrived in Florida from Indiana in early June for vacation and visited Pompano Beach in Destin on June 9. The next day, Kylei woke up with extreme pain in her lower leg, according to Fox10.
"Monday, we wake up to begin our day, and Kylei wakes up, and she has pain in her calf on her right leg," her mother Michelle Brown told WKRG.
The family thought it was a charlie horse, Brown said. But the next day Kylei's pain intensified so bad that she couldn't even walk. She developed a fever, and her leg became swollen.
"At that point, I had to put her on my back and carry her around," Brown said.
The family reached out to Kylei's doctor on the way back to Indiana and were told to take Kylei to the emergency room. That's when the family found out that the infection behind her knee was necrotizing fasciitis, a rare flesh-eating disease.
Necrotizing fasciitis can be caused by different kinds of bacteria, like Group A Strep or Vibrio vulnificus found in water. The bacteria can enter the body through an open wound.
Brown thinks Kylei had a wound on her lower leg after hurting herself on a skateboard before the family left for Florida.
One in three people who get the flesh-eating disease die, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
"They were taking her into emergency surgery, trying to remove the infection from her leg. And doing that, they were trying to save her leg and save her because the infection was moving so rapidly," Brown told WKRG.
Kylei has had three surgeries so far but will face many more and months of therapy as she learns how to walk again.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to collect donations to help pay for her escalating medical bills.
The Florida Department of Health said in a statement Wednesday that there are “no public health concerns” in Walton or Okaloosa County after the Facebook post from Brown’s family went viral.
According to Destin spokeswoman Catherine Card, the city hasn’t received a call from the family, which makes it difficult to determine the exact location.
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