Children and the Flesh Eating Bacteria

As we’ve been saying in earlier posts, the flesh eating bacteria can infect anyone from famous people to ordinary ones like us. Children can also get infected.

Here are two recent stories of children from different parts of the U.S. who were infected by the disease. One survived but the other, sadly, did not.

First the bad news from Mississippi:

“Flesh-Eating” MRSA Infection Killed Teen in Mississippi

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say a so-called “superbug” infection that destroyed throat and lung tissue killed a 15-year-old Vicksburg boy last summer.

Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey tells The Vicksburg Post that the CDC issued a certified report March 31 about Wesley Husband’s death.

Husband had been sick for about a week. Relatives took him to a doctor, to an emergency room and to a walk-in clinic where he died Aug. 27.

The CDC said Wesley’s death was caused by the drug-resistant staph infection called MRSA.

And the good news from Pennsylvania:

Local girl who battled rare disease will sing at Shriners circus today

A young girl who has survived a potentially fatal flesh-eating infection will get a chance to show that being alive certainly is worth celebrating.

And what better way for Isabella Cole, 7, of Loyalsock Township to demonstrate that love of life than by singing the “Star Spangled Banner” at the Irem Shrine Circus in Luzerne County today.

“She’s excited about it,” said her father, Keith. “Anytime she gets to sing she’s excited.”

It was at Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati where Isabelle underwent a skin grafting procedure for necrotizing fasciitis.

For most of her life, she had battled the rare infection caused by bacteria that can destroy skin, fat and tissues.

At different times between the ages of 2 and 7, she underwent reconstructive back surgery as well as procedures to save her leg and her life.

At one point she needed a ventilator to breathe.

Cole and his wife Stacey had been searching for the best outcome for their daughter when they found out about Shriners Hospital, where others had been successfully treated for her condition.

The Irem Temple in Dallas sponsored the family trip to Cincinnati and the couple couldn’t have been more happy with their daughter’s outcome and the hospital where free care was provided.

Now, they look forward to hearing their daughter sing.

“The whole family will hear her sing,” Keith said.

Keith, a musician and composer, long very much aware of his daughter’s talent and love for singing, put together a CD of songs performed by her.

Among the songs was “Santa, Can You Make Me a Mermaid,'” which received play time on area radio station WILQ, WQBR and WPHB last Christmas season.

Proceeds from sales of the CD, which was put together by Green Valley Recording in Hughesville, went to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

“We raised over $1,500 with the sale of the CD,” Keith said.