INDIANAPOLIS – An Indianapolis woman is dead after her family says she has contracted a carnivorous bacterium on vacation, according to WXIN.
The wife's family said they did not get the proper treatment from a local hospital.
"They said they thought it was an abscess or something under the skin," said Carol's husband Richard Martin.
What began as a small bump grew into a major, painful and deadly infection that took its toll last week.
"Like a penny or a dime, it was small, she thought it was a pimple, then next time it was so big," Martin said.
The infection became apparent after Carol Martin's family said she had contracted a carnivorous bacterium in February while vacationing in Florida.
"The only difference is that Carol came in the hot tub. That's where I think it comes from," said Martin.
Richard Martin believes that the 50-year-old woman, mother and grandmother did not receive the right medical treatment.
"The way they treated it all messes up," Martin said. "I feel like they did not want to do that because they did not have insurance."
The Martins said they went to the doctor three times ̵
"At least they should have decided that this is growing and maybe we should take a culture from it and see what it is," said Martin.
The family said the next trip to the emergency room ended in emergency surgery after Franciscan doctors diagnosed Carol with necrotizing fasciitis.
"The doctor runs into the room and says," Listen, we have to get her to the surgery now. She has carnivorous bacteria. "My jaw hit the ground," said Martin.
The serious bacterial skin infection spreads rapidly and kills the soft tissue of the body Centers for disease control and prevention say a precise diagnosis, strong antibiotics and surgery are important to stop this infection
"It is really difficult when you have to treat a patient like that because things can go bad very quickly, "said Doctor Joette Giovinco.
Martin told WXIN that he is now paying out of pocket for an autopsy to find out (19659003) "I mean, these days are ruined … Mother's Day … ruined forever," Martin said.
Carol Martin's family said they are seeking legal help to get answers to questions they say they have been asking the hospital for months.
Franciscan Health sent this statement to WXIN:
"We are sorry to hear about the death of her family member and our heartfelt prayers, and thoughts are with her loved ones." Due to federal privacy guidelines, Franciscan Health can not provide information on patient care because they are committed to protecting personal health information. "