New Flesh-Eating Disease Victim Dies: Was Hospital to Blame? (VIDEO)
As far as stories of people suffering from flesh-eating bacterial infection, necrotizing fasciitis, go this one has to be one of the most sad and strange ... A 33-year-old Michigan woman named Crystal Spencer, who was admitted to a local hospital for the disease about a month ago, died two days ago. Although this is obviously a scary infection that can claim a sufferer's limbs, it seems odd that it would have claimed Spencer's life.
At the very least, you can't blame the woman's family for questioning the exact circumstances that contributed to her passing. They've had to request an autopsy to determine the cause of death. And compounding the already stressful and heartbreaking situation: Jeff Spencer, Crystal's husband, told the Detroit Free Press through his lawyer that he believes that his deceased wife got necrotizing fasciitis after she went to Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills in June to have a large boil on her thigh lanced ...
Two days after that, she was receiving care at another hospital, Huron Valley-Sinai, for the flesh-eating bacteria and had a four-hour procedure to remove what her husband described as a watermelon-size piece of flesh from her thigh. The attorney elaborated to CBS Detroit:
We have real concerns about -- that she possibly got this infection -- the procedure may not have been done appropriately. That's the working assumption right now, and we are seeking all the medical records to confirm whether that's true or not.
Scary ... In the meantime, representatives for Botsford Hospital are denying claims that Spencer got the disease at the hospital, and even went so far as to say that Spencer had several risk factors for the infection, like being overweight, a smoker, and a diabetic. This made her "more vulnerable" to developing the disease. But she also entered that hospital without symptoms ... So, given the details on the table, I can definitely understand the "real concerns" the Spencers have!
Still, no matter what happened, who or what is to blame, the sad reality is that this woman's life has been taken, and that's not something either Botsford Hospital or Spencer's widower can take lightly. With hope, there will be a serious investigation that shines light on the truth.
For more details, check out this local news report on Spencer's passing ...
Do you agree something seems fishy here, and Spencer's husband deserves some answers?
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