WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A young woman is recuperating at home after having multiple surgeries to remove a flesh eating bacteria from her leg.
Alana Alston, 20, couldn’t be happier to be home. After spending more than two months in the hospital and having nine surgeries, she is now able finish recovering at home.
Alston first noticed a bump on the back of her leg while the family vacationed in Myrtle Beach in March.
At first, she thought it was an ingrown hair, but as the days went by she started to feel worse. “It was like one day I'm at the beach and things just got out of control," said Alston.
Doctors originally thought Alston had stomach flu but after Alston’s condition worsened they realized that it something much worse.
Doctors from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center said the flesh-eating bacteria can get inside the body through a cut or scrape, and as the bacteria grows, it releases toxins that kill tissue. Spreading through the body quickly through the bloodstream, if the bacteria is not treated it can be deadly.
"It can happen to anybody, and that's scary." said Alston.
Although Alston's case was caught in time, she has months of recovery ahead of her. She still has a hard time getting around and continues to need help with completing personal tasks.