Woman Contracts Flesh-Eating Bacteria After Bike Accident
By ABC News
Photo of Kylie Marble (Credit: ABC News)
Portland, OR -
Kylie Marble loves to sing, even from her hospital bed.
"My voice is very weak, right now. This is my first shot at singing," she said.
She's been at the hospital at Oregon Health & Science University since Fathers Day, on June 15th, after a family bike ride.
"Do you remember falling off?" we asked Kylie. "Yeah," she answered. "You're laughing. Is there a story?" we asked. "Well...so...yes, there is a story, of course," she said.
The story starts with Kylie's bike and a bad idea.
"I kind of knew from the beginning. It wasn't the most genius idea," she said. "I wasn't really wanting to play the game," she said, "bike tag." "Bike tag? Never heard of it," we asked. "Don't play it," she said.
"I knew it was a bad idea," Kylie's mom said.
"But, it seemed fun. We had a blast," Kylie said.
Until...Kylie fell off. She cut her knee on the trail, which is paved. She got stitches, and the injury did not seem that serious.
"That's when more adventure started," Kylie said.
"When did you realize something could be wrong?" we asked Kylie. "That night, when I was at home, my thigh started to become inflamed," she answered.
Kylie went back to the hospital.
"The next thing you know, it's almost a week later," Kylie said. "Right. You'd been sedated," her mom added.
"Tell me how doctors first told you," we said. "Very soberly. It took me a while to get the name down," she said. "Say it again?" we asked. "CP," she said.
CP stands for Clostridium Perfringens, which is a rare kind of bacteria. It infected Kylie's wound and started attacking her muscles...ferociously.
They, at that point, told us they might have to amputate her leg," Kylie said. "They could do that if they needed to, to save her life, of course," her mom added.
After 9 operations, doctors saved Kylie's life and her legs. "I should be able to do a lot of things. A lot of it just depends on how hard I'm willing to work," Kylie said.
Kylie's work is just starting. She has got more surgeries ahead, physical therapy, and rehab.
Doctors think the bacteria is from dirt on the trail, but this bacteria is so hard to prevent...even if you clean out the cut very well.