Flesh-Eating Bacteria Killed Her Weeks After Storm Passed 

Hurricane Harvey takes Houston philanthropist, 77

(SUSAN SCUTTI, CNN) Philanthropist Nancy Reed, who contracted flesh-eating bacteria inside a Houston-area home shortly after Hurricane Harvey, has passed away.

Nancy Reed, 77, survived Hurricane Harvey itself, only to pass away the following month as the result of bacteria-infested flood waters. 

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Necrotizing fasciitis is the cause of Reed’s death recorded by the Harris County medical examiner.

Complications in the form of an infected wound followed an accidental fall that resulted in “blunt trauma of an upper extremity,” the report indicates.

“She was in good health. She was very active,” said Mark Renn, associate pastor for missions and evangelism at First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood, where her memorial service was held.

When the 77-year-old Reed contracted the bacterial disease from the contaminated waters, Renn explained, she was helping her son clear out his house and accidentally injured herself.

“She was in the ICU for two weeks,” said Renn. “She went into the hospital, she was making good progress, they thought they had treated the bacterial infection, and then just to find out one morning that she was gone.”

A widow, Reed worked as a community volunteer in Kingwood, a suburb of Houston, and president of the Reed Foundation, a philanthropic organization, according to her obituary.

‘Not strange or unique’

A serious skin infection, necrotizing fasciitis spreads quickly, destroying the body’s soft tissue, and can become lethal within a very short time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, treatment with antibiotics can prevent death if diagnosed quickly. In some cases, surgery is needed to prevent the spread of this infection, which can be caused by more than one type of bacteria. READ THE FULL STORY AT CNN.COM. Also of interest: Food safety a growing concern as Irma power outages persist

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