Student Nearly Died From Flesh-Eating Infection By Not Cleaning Insulin Pump
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Carolina Bowen’s shocking wound from the fungal infection (Picture: SWNS)
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A woman who did not clean her insulin pump as advised contracted a fungus that put her in a coma for a month and even killed her temporarily. Carolina Bowen, 20, from South Carolina, has type one diabetes and did not wipe her insulin pump with an alcohol swab. She was taken to hospital with Rhizopus oryzae infection – a deadly fungus typically found in dirt and decaying matter. She spent September last year in a medically induced coma, endured five surgeries and even died during one of them.
The infection got so bad that doctors seriously considered amputating Carolina’s arm at her shoulder. But they were able to save her arm with debridement surgeries, in which chunks of the infected flesh are removed. ‘The doctor started irrigating the wound with anti-fungal because the I.V. anti-fungals weren’t working for me. Somehow it worked. But the recovery was really rough,’ said Carolina. When she got out of hospital she took medical leave from her studies to heal and ‘relearn how to do a lot of things’ as she was dominant on her left side and did not use her right arm often.
Carolina is a sociology student(SWNY)
Carolina refused skin grafts and decided to let her wound close without them because she did not want to have more surgery. She said: ‘I opted to have no skin grafts because I did die during one of my surgeries, so I really didn’t want anymore surgical intervention. ‘I’ve had this wound for about a year and three months and it’s almost closed up all the way.’ After just over a year Carolina said that her kidneys and respiratory system has healed with her left arm being the only remaining issue.