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Family: Woman dies from flesh-eating disease in Florida

Family: Woman dies from flesh-eating disease in Florida”

Lynn Fleming, from Ellenton, about 15 miles north of Sarasota, fell and cut herself while she was walking at Coquina Beach on nearby Anna Maria Island two weeks ago.

"Maybe if somebody somewhere would have recognized the dangers", he said, "they would have told her to get to more urgent care".

Her son, Wade, who had been visiting his mother who lived in the resort when the accident happened, warned people to be aware of the deadly infection.

Lynn went to the doctor a couple of days later where she was given a tetanus shot and an antibiotic. But things only worsened the following day, when she was hospitalized and diagnosed with flesh-eating bacteria, or necrotizing fasciitis.

Doctors tried to save her infected leg with multiple surgeries, but there were complications and she died on Thursday after suffering two strokes and sepsis.

Wade Fleming wants people to know the warning signs so others may have a fighting chance.

At first Lynn dismissed her injury as a "small cut", but her condition quickly spiralled out of control.

"It was like a movie in real life".

He told Fox 13: "I can't even believe it, that it's really even happening".

He added early treatment could be lifesaving.

But he said they became concerned when the cut continued to bleed. She couldn't wait to get down here and retire.

Illustrative image: A woman who cut herself while walking along the water on the Florida beach she loved, contracted necrotizing fasciitis. "Unfortunately, this place is very strangely deprived her of life", says daughter Lynn Tracy.

Despite its nickname, the bacteria does not actually "eat" the flesh but releases toxins that damage nearby tissue. And get to a doctor immediately if a cut has swelling or redness, since the infection can spread quickly.

Symptoms include red or purple skin, sever pain, vomiting and fever.

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