Lana Kuykendall, the 36-year-old South Carolina woman who was infected with flesh-eating bacteria after giving birth to twins, is recovering and may be released from the Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital, of Greenville Memorial Hospital, this week, and possibly even tomorrow, according to news reports.
"She'll be heading home this week," Dr. Spence Taylor, vice president for academics at the Greenville Hospital System, where Kuykendall is being treated, told CNN. "She's making a great recovery."
Fox Carolina reported that Kuykendall is currently undergoing daily occupational and physical therapy, and is now eating normal foods. She has had a total of 20 surgeries because of the flesh-eating bacteria infection.
"There have been many miracles and I don't even know all of them. But it is a miracle that I thank God for -- that I'm alive and that He is helping me to heal so quickly and that I'm able to do so much or will be able to do so much," Kuykendall told WYFF 4.
She initially thought that it was a blood clot, so her husband, Darren, immediately took her to the hospital. However, she was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh-eating bacteria, and required surgery.
Fox Carolina reported that doctors have not explained how the mother became infected with the bacteria.
The risk for necrotizing fasciitis increases when a person's immune system is already weakened; when a person has other health problems like diabetes or kidney disease; when there are cuts on the skin; when the body has decreased infection resistance because of medications; and when a person has just the chickenpox or another kind of viral infection, WebMD reported.
According to the 2007 World Journal of Emergency Surgery study, necrotizing fasciitis can be hard to diagnose -- but being too slow to diagnose it carries an increased risk of death.
For more on Kuykendall, watch the CNN video above.
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