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.
Despite its innocuous name, the extreme dangers of the new street drug known as “bath salts” are just beginning to emerge, and doctors from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans have found a new menace.
People who take “bath salts” by injecting them into their muscles are not only putting themselves at risk for deep paranoia and recurrent delusions—known and common effects of bath salt abuse identified since the drug hit American streets in 2009. [see Bath Salts Side Effects]
Bananas With Flesh Eating Bacteria? An email and text hoax warning consumers that they could contract a gruesome and fatal “skin-eating” disease from eating bananas has terrified Southern Africans in recent weeks.
The hoax e-mail and text message warned people against eating bananas for the next three weeks, especially fruit from the South African KwaZulu-Natal region, and to see a doctor if they developed a fever after eating bananas.
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.