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.

The official diagnosis was necrotizing fasciitis, the infection commonly known as flesh-eating bacteria.

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The next day, friends found Lynn Fleming semi-conscious in her home and rushed her to a hospital.

"If we can get the knowledge out to people, even to the first responders, emergency care, the lifeguard station, just so they can get more educated", he said.

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"It seems like a "Lifetime" movie really", Wade said.

She was diagnosed with the flesh-eating disease and died Thursday after suffering two strokes and organ failure, nearly two weeks after her injury. "I can't even believe it, that it's really even happening".

Her devastated son and his wife are now warning others to be wary of the dangers of necrotizing fasciitis and to seek medical attention immediately.

"There was a little depression that she couldn't see because it was under the water", her son Wade told WTVT. "It's just all happening so fast".

After she died, she posted a photo of the family on a beach: "I'm living it but I think I'm still in shock".

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A 12-year-old girl from IN visiting Florida IN June with her family also contracted the flesh-eating disease, but she survived. Since the bacteria enters the bloodstream through an open cut or wound, stay out of the water after getting a new injury. She couldn't wait, when we will come here on vacation.

"She loved the ocean; she loved walking on the beach. Unfortunately, it's the place that took her life by freak accident".

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

Treatment can include surgery, including amputation, and antibiotics.

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