After 12 surgeries, 14-month-old Virginia boy still fighting flesh-eating bacteria.
14-month-old Camden Burnett was just like any other one-year-old up until two weeks ago.
His mothers, Miranda and Chrissy Robertson, took him to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he flatlined, or didn’t have a heartbeat or brain waves, for four-and-a-half minutes.
Camden was then airlifted to UVA Medical Center where he has endured 12 surgeries in two weeks. As if watching their child go through this trauma isn’t enough, the Robertsons said doctors don’t know for certain what little Camden is actually battling.
One thing they are certain of is that Camden has a bacterial infection.
“He has necrotizing fasciitis, which is a flesh-eating bacteria that eats on your tissues of anything on your body,” Miranda said.
Necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as flesh-eating disease, is an infection that results in the death of parts of the body’s soft tissue, according to the CDC, and it is very rare. It is a severe disease of sudden onset that spreads rapidly.
Chrissy updated those following along with Camden’s journey to say that he had his 11th surgery on Saturday, March 7 because he spiked a fever earlier that day and a CT scan showed more infection sitting in his lung cavity.
Then came surgery number 12 because doctors found a pus pocket sitting on his throat the next day.
Chrissy said doctors placed him back on a 100 percent ventilator after turning it sightly down to try and ween him off.
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As of Monday, Camden’s parents said he is resting nicely but on Tuesday, the plan is to go back to the operating room and wash out his chest and neck again, then start the process all over again or remove his tubes.
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