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Teen w rare bacteria has partial face amputation

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:12 pm
by chiggerbit
Ok, "amputated" isn't the word the news used, but what else is it called?

I wonder what Fayetteville's pollutiion history is like. ... 01736.html

FAYETTEVILLE -- A 14-year-old boy is hospitalized with a rare infection that cost him part of his nose and five teeth after swimming in a lake.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that doctors at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill are treating Matthew McKinney for an infection caused by a bacterium called Chromobacterium violaceum, which was found in Hope Mills Lake.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fewer than 150 cases have been reported worldwide since 1927.

Brian McKinney said his son is in serious condition but that antibiotics are beginning to clear the infection from the teen's blood.

Doctors had to remove the left side of Matthew's nose and palate, and his father said he lost five teeth. Brian McKinney said doctors won't consider reconstructive surgery until the infection is gone.