Tragic: 24-year-old dies of flesh-eating disease after misdiagnosis
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A 24-year-old from Birmingham, England, paid a high price for what was supposed to be a pleasurable way to end the evening. The horror began after a night of passion with her boyfriend.
At 6 a.m. on January 1, 2017, Katie Widdowson and Dean Smith continued their fun in the bedroom after returning home from a New Year's Eve party; their sex game involved the 24-year-old being tied up on the bed, causing injuries to her wrist. This allegedly resulted in Katie's death a short time later.
Katie went to the hospital on the same day after she started feeling excruciating pain in her wrist. However, doctors misdiagnosed the issue and said that she had simply sprained her wrist; they wrote her a prescription for painkillers and sent her home.
On January 2, her arm started changing color and blisters began to form. In agony, Katie could no longer move her arm and soon suffered a cardiac arrest due to the infection. The young woman died that night while being transported in an ambulance to the hospital.
After injuring her wrist, she caught necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease. This infection attacks connective bands of tissues called fascia, which often leads to skin, tissue, and muscles dying very quickly.
Once diagnosed, affected areas need to be removed as quickly as possible. That's why amputations are often required to prevent the infection from spreading.
The misdiagnosis meant that it was too late for Katie, prompting her family to blame the Good Hope Hospital in Sutton for her death. This tragic situation could have been avoided if due care had been taken by the doctors.
Katie should have been kept at the hospital for treatment because there had been a significant increase in her heart rate and pulse.
Her mother commented, "If anything positive can come from Katie's death, it is that another life can be saved."