GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (CBS Charlotte) – A South Carolina woman who recently gave birth to twins is in critical condition after being diagnosed with the same flesh-eating bacteria as a highly-publicized case in Atlanta.
Lana Kuykendall remains hospitalized with necrotizing fasciitis more than a week after giving birth to twins. On May 8, Kuykendall began to experience leg cramps so bad that she couldn’t stand or walk, according to Greenville Online. On Friday, Kuykendall’s husband, Darren, saw his wife suffering. She had discovered a large lesion on the back of her left leg, originally thinking it was a blood clot.
“And the longer she sat there, the bigger that spot got,” Darren Kuykendall told Greenville Online. “It was initially the size of a 3-by-5 index card. But it got bigger and bigger. It moved a quarter of an inch in half an hour. Then the high-risk OB physician had a suspicion of what it was.”
It wasn’t a blood clot but necrotizing fasciitis, the same bacteria that has been at the heart of the case involving Aimee Copeland, the Georgia graduate student who contracted the infection due to a zip-line accident. WYFF reports that friends of Kuykendall’s still aren’t sure how their friend contracted the bacteria.
“(Lana Kuykendall) just kept getting worse in front of your eyes,” friend Kayla Moon told WYFF-TV. “She would just get worse and worse and worse. Every minute it was like she was going down. She was never really able to hold (her babies) and enjoy it.”
But Lana Kuykendall’s fortune could be turning around. Friends have indicated that her last surgery went well and that the bacteria has stopped spreading.