Upstate mom with flesh eating bacteria returning home

(Courtesy: WYFF)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - After almost a month in the hospital, the Upstate mother infected with flesh-eating bacteria should return home this week.

According to CNN, Lana Kuykendall was diagnosed with the bacteria on May 11, just days after she gave birth to her twin babies, Ian and Abigail. Since then, she's been through 18 surgeries in just 21 days and has been going through aggressive rehab since June 21.

Her doctors say they expected she'd be in the hospital for about four to six weeks, but since she is recovering so well, they expect to send her home on day 26.

"To Lana's credit, she wanted the most aggressive approach that we could offer, and that meant three hours of therapy per day at a minimum," said Dr. Kevin Kopera with the Roger C. Pease Rehabilitation Hospital at a press conference in Greenville Monday. "I have to confess, when I looked at her in the beginning, I wasn't sure that she was going to be able to do it. But she talked the talk, and she walked the walk, and she did extremely well."

Kuykendall's condition did not require any amputation, unlike Aimee Copeland, the Georgia woman who lost her hands, a leg and a foot while battling a similar infection. Kuykendall did undergo skin grafts and some reconstructive surgery.

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