An Indianapolis woman died on Saturday after suffering a carnivorous bacterium while vacationing in Florida, but her husband believes she would still be alive today if doctors diagnosed her earlier.
Carol Martin traveled to Clearwater for one day to see Florida family vacations and races in February, WFLA reported. Her husband, Richard Martin, said his wife loved the race and was looking forward to traveling to Florida every year to watch.
"She loved going to the track and every year she could not wait to get to Florida you know," Richard Martin told WFLA.
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However, after the family returned from their journey, Carol noticed that she had a sore on her buttocks.
"She had a pimple on her right cheek, she said it was painful," Richard Martin said.
Martin said his wife had twice gone to the doctor's office to examine the wound. Both times she was sent home with antibiotics and a heating pad.
However, the infection worsened and a biopsy was performed in which Carol was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, a "serious bacterial skin infection" affecting only 600 to 1,200 people each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
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She was hospitalized and spent 16 days in intensive care in an Indianapolis hospital.
"They finally decided to do a biopsy of the area after the third trip, at that time they found out it was the carnivorous virus, bacteria," said Richard Martin. 19659005] After she was released from hospital, Carol died at home.
"She made me lunch, I kissed her goodbye to go to work, I came home early in the morning and found her dead," said Martin.
Martin said he believes his wife may have contracted the infection from the hotel's hot tub in Florida.
"My thing is, nobody understood the carnivorous bacteria, it was the only one that came into the hot tub," he said.
Indianapolis Forensic Bureau said they had taken tissue samples from Carol to determine if the infection had caused her death.