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Mother who gave birth in Atlanta battling flesh-eating bacteria

Posted: Updated: May 17, 2012 11:02 AM
A new mother who delivered twins last week at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta is now battling flesh-eating bacteria in South Carolina. A new mother who delivered twins last week at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta is now battling flesh-eating bacteria in South Carolina.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -

A new mother who delivered twins last week at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta is now battling flesh-eating bacteria in South Carolina.

Lana Kuykendall is in critical but stable condition at Greenville Memorial Hospital. She was admitted little more than 12 hours after coming home from the Emory hospital.

Lana's friend, Kayla Moon, was with her in Atlanta when she gave birth.

"She had about a 30 hour labor. She had the babies naturally like she wanted to. Abigail and Ian, a boy and a girl," said Moon.

A few days later, Lana was released and went home to South Carolina. The next morning she noticed an unusual spot on her leg.

"It kind of looked like a bruise with a red outline," said Moon.

 Friends said that when we first noticed the spot, it was about the size of her palm. Six hours later, after checking into Greenville Memorial Hospital, it was the size of a sheet of paper.

Doctors determined she had flesh-eating bacteria. They performed four surgeries in six days. Surgeons have removed tissue from her leg to keep the bacteria from spreading.

"On Monday, went very well. They did not find anything but healthy tissue, so they may have gotten ahead of the infection," said Janell Alier, Lana's friend.

Her friends are helping to take care of the babies while her husband stays at her bedside.

"This is a new mom that's held her babies once and her babies are at home right now without a mom," said Krissy Davidson.

Emory University Hospital released a statement saying, "Due to privacy regulations, we are not able to discuss our patient's care and treatment."

A fund has been set up for Kuykendall. Donations can be sent to:

Greenville Hospital Systems Federal Credit Union
211 Patewood Drive
Greenville, SC 29615
In name of Darren Kuykendall
(864) 455-7112

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