CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A teenager who decided to get her breasts pierced for her 18th birthday faces reconstructive surgery after a flesh-destroying infection forced doctors to remove her left breast.
I shudder to think that Rocket Scientists like this are the future of our country...
Stephanie Edington of Crawfordsville remained hospitalized Friday at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, where surgeons also removed lymph nodes and infected skin up to her collar bone.
Mebbe while she's in there, the Docs could take some skull shots and see if she has ANYTHING rattling around in that airy head of her's.
Dr. Robert Goulet Jr., a professor at the Indiana University Cancer Center, said the piercing created an entry point for the bacteria, but the procedure likely did not cause the infection itself. Edington is diabetic, which left her susceptible to infection, he said.
But being 18 and omnipotent she knew better than medical professionals and said, "Never happen to me!!" Any bets on if her folks even knew about it??
Doctors diagnosed Edington, who had the piercings on Aug. 29, with necrotizing fasciitis, or gas gangrene - a rare condition that results from rapid bacteria growth and leads to tissue destruction. It is only the third documented case in the world of gas gangrene in the breast area, Goulet told The Paper of Montgomery County.
It took a whole month to go from "Cool" to "Fool".
She was in critical condition by the time she arrived at the hospital Oct. 14, Goulet said.
"By the time she got here, the skin tissue was all pretty much completely dead," he said. "She was a very sick kid when she got here."
My guess is that the first clue her parents had that something was wrong was when they walked into the house and smelled a zombie.
Edington is on an aggressive antibiotic regimen and has already undergone three surgeries. She faces several more, including eventual breast reconstruction.
She said she was eager to be discharged but worries about what awaits her.
Hope you got some good books or plenty of movie channels, 'cause your social life just went down the shitter.
"I would like to get out, but I am scared of what people are going to be thinking," she said.
The younger people will think "Freakshow" and the older people will think "Dumbass".
Edington's mother, Pamela Osban, said her daughter's illness has shaken their entire family. She worries about her daughter's future.
"You have no idea what it's like to almost lose your daughter and then to make the decision to have one of her breasts removed," she said. "Some people say 'It's just a breast.' They aren't an 18-year old girl. It's devastating for her and for the family."
And for the checkbook and IF your insurance company doesn't cancel your policy, you can expect your premiums to go through the roof.
Just remember this story when your lil' angel starts talking about getting a piercing, tattoo or any other "cool and trendy" crap done because they want to show that they are an individual, just like all their friends.