An Upstate mother who has been battling a flesh-eating bacterial infection for more than two months will go home soon, her doctors say.
Monday, 26-year-old Lana Kuykendall spoke with reporters for the first time, about two months after she was first hospitalized with necrotizing fasciitis. She appeared with her husband Darren and her Greenville Memorial Hospital doctors.
“I’m a lot more tired than I used to be and weaker,” she said, “And I’m getting used to that. But I’m also getting stronger every day.”
She said her recovery is moving in the right direction. Hospital officials say Kuykendall may be able to go home sometime this week but she will continue rehab treatment.
Kuykendall became infected shortly after giving birth to twins at an Atlanta hospital. The twins were not affected.
“Lana had at least 18 operations over a 21-day period to remove the bacteria and the necrotic and dead tissue that the bacteria chose to inflict,” said Dr. Spence Taylor. “She had care during this time from at least… 150 nurses and allied health professionals in the Greenville system.”
The disease attacks and destroys healthy tissue and is fatal in about 20 percent of cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ed Jenson contributed to this report.