The Vatican has officially deemed as a miracle an American boy’s stunning recovery from a severe battle with a flesh-eating bacterial infection that nearly killed him in 2006. And the miracle is attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha who, if canonized, will become the Catholic Church’s first Native American saint.
On December 19, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI decided that the recovery of Jake Finkbonne, a Washington boy of Native American (Lummi) descent, is a miracle beyond the explanation of medicine. The pope attributed this to the Blessed Kateri, who was born in 1656. By signing a decree authenticating the miracle, the pope cleared the way for Tekakwitha to be canonized.
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Vanessa Feltz Survives Flesh Eating Bug. British TV personality and ex-chat show queen Vanessa Feltz almost lost a leg last month to a flesh-eating bacterial infection.
The 49-year-old was spotted in mid-November sporting a huge hole just below her right knee that she said was the result of a flesh eating bug. She was seen as she was leaving the British Broadcasting house after finishing her Radio 2 show.
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Who can get the flesh-eating bacteria infection? Everyone including famous people like Nobel prize winner Eric Cornell and, as you will read in the following story, Gen. Levent Ersöz of Turkey.
Where can you get infected with the bacteria? Everywhere. You can get the infection in your own kitchen like Tanya Gludau. At the beach like Olympic gold medalist Grant Hackett. Or, if General Ersoz is to be believed, in the hospital operating room where he supposedly contracted the disease while undergoing prostate operation.
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The flesh-eating bacteria is everywhere. We’ve already blogged about cases in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.
Now here’s a case from Bermuda which involves Jay Fox, a gospel singer from Bermuda who was infected with the disease after he was stung by a wasp. This does not mean, of course, that insect bites can give you this deadly disease. However, insect bites can open wounds which can serve as the “door” for the opportunistic bacteria.
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