New SC mom with flesh-eating illness sees twins


Lana Kuykendall (AP)

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — A new South Carolina mother hospitalized with a flesh-eating bacterial infection has been able to spend some time with her month-old twins.

Her husband said Lana Kuykendall had a brief visit with Ian and Abigail on Thursday.

Kuykendall has been hospitalized since days after giving birth to the healthy children at an Atlanta hospital last month. When the new family of four returned to their Piedmont home, Kuykendall — who is also a paramedic — noticed a lesion on her left leg.

As the spot began to spread, Kuykendall went to a local hospital, where she has since undergone more than a dozen surgeries to stop the spread of necrotizing fasciitis.

Her husband says his wife is improving and has been weaned off IV drips of sedatives and pain medicine.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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