"It's just so hard seeing friends and family on the beach having fun because we were there doing the same thing, and I nearly lost her", Kylei's mother, Michelle Brown, said.
A few days after the storm passed, they finally hit the beach, but huge waves prevented them from swimming and they could only walk along the beach.
Her mother, Michelle Brown, advised WKRG-TV she had a pain in her right calf the next day, assuming it was exclusively a charley horse.
"It started from a scuff on her toe, a scrape on her toe, and it nearly cost her her life", Brown said.
"I think she's very lucky, actually", Dr. Abulebda said.
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Everyone just thought it was a charlie horse, Brown said, so the family continued on with their vacation. When a blood clot was ruled out, doctors realized they were dealing with Necrotizing Fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating bacteria.
After an MRI showed the infection had spread to her thigh, doctors performed surgery to save Kylei's leg. Parker reportedly began feeling pressure in her leg once she and her family left the beach to head back to their home in Indiana. The girl underwent additional surgeries after she developed septic shock. She had a second surgery.
"We are taking this issue seriously and are working with the Alabama and IN departments of health to collect information on this case and determine if this was caused by a bacteria such as vibrio or any other reportable health condition, Emerson George, a spokesperson for the health department, said IN a email".
According to brown, the next day her daughter's condition deteriorated again, she had to take four different antibiotics to fight the infection.
Doctors soon discovered Kylei had Necrotizing Fasciitis. Rapid antibiotic treatment and surgery to remove the infection are crucial in treatment.
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Kylei is one of between 700 and 1,200 people in the US who contract the bacteria each year. "We are taking oral antibiotics as well as IV antibiotics 3 times a day, and pain meds every four hours".
Kylie's Mother Michelle believes the bacteria may have been able to enter her daughter's body through a skateboard injury the girl received before the family made the trip to Destin.
The young girl's mother, Michelle, said in a post to Facebook that on their third day in Destin the family went to a beach but were only allowed to wade ankle-deep in the ocean which had turned murky.
"It's just so hard seeing friends and family on the beach having fun, because we were there doing the same thing and I nearly lost her", she said. I wanted to share her story in the hope that it can help to save someone else. "It is CRITICAL to be aware of the signs and symptoms and getting treatment quickly".
Meanwhile, officials with the Florida Department of Health issued a statement about the reported incident. They had people patrolling the beach to keep people out of the water.
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