A trip to the beach turns deadly after she contracts flesh-eating bacteria

Lynn Fleming

Fleming's family says she cut her let after falling as she was walking Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island on the west coast of Florida.

She was rushed to the emergency room by ambulance and was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, a rare but deadly bacterial infection that kills the body's soft tissue.

A day after her cut, Fleming became ill and eventually went to a hospital where they gave her a tetanus shot and a prescription.

She was left with a 3/4 inch graze below her knee which she described as "small cut". "We got the swelling down, but it just kept bleeding".

Doctors said she had contracted necrotizing fasciitis and performed multiple surgeries on the infected leg in attempts to save her life.

She died on Wednesday, two weeks after her fall - after suffering two strokes and sepsis.

"It seems like a "Lifetime" movie really", Wade said.

"There was a little depression that she couldn't see because it was under the water", her son Wade told WTVT.

He said the beach was "the place she loved". "I can't even believe it, that it's really even happening".

Earlier in June, a 12-year-old girl from in contracted a flesh-eating bacteria while visiting the beach town of Destin on the Florida Panhandle, Bradenton.com reported.

She died from necrotizing fasciitis, also called flesh-eating bacteria. The bacteria thrives in water that stays above 55 degrees year-round.

"You get the open wound while playing at the beach, watch it, take care of it", he said. She loved the ocean; she loved walking on the beach. She couldn't wait, when we will come here on vacation. "Unfortunately, this place is very strangely deprived her of life", says daughter Lynn Tracy.

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