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Three Cases Of Flesh Eating Bacteria In Georgia

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ATLANTA (WAOK)- Doctors are calling it a rare surge in cases of flesh-eating bacteria. There are now three confirmed cases in Georgia but officials say the three cases are not related.

Thirty-three-year-old landscaper Bobby Vaughn has been in the hospital since May 4. He fell ill after getting a “very small cut on his leg” near his groin area while trimming weeds. Vaughn was briefly treated in the same hospital as Aimee Copeland but is now at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta. Vaughn has had five surgeries. He was scheduled for his sixth surgery today. Vaughn says doctors must rebuild his groin area but he says he is feeling much better.

Aimee Copeland the University of West Georgia student who has now had her leg, hands and other foot amputated continues to recuperate after she was injured when she fell from a home made zip line and cut her leg. Aimee continues to recuperate and her family says she has an amazing positive attitude.

The third case is that of a 36-year-old mother who gave birth to twins earlier this month at Emory University Hospital. Lana Kuykendall, of Greenville, S.C., is still in critical condition. She is now being treated in a Greenville hospital.

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