"I think that if we had the knowledge prior to this, we would have treated everything different", he said. "Then it ate up the whole back of my leg".
Her son gave it one more cleaning the next day, put on a bandage from the first aid kit in his auto and had to get back on the road to Pittsburgh. She had a bump on her leg, a three-quarter-inch cut on her left shin, according to Wade Fleming.
She issued a warning to others.
Barnes said she isn't anxious about her official diagnosis; she thanks the doctors for saving her life. However, doctors later found out it was necrotizing fasciitis. "It will eat you up before you even get a chance".
The family visited Coquina Beach, just a short distance from St. Petersburg, on June 14.
"About 30 minutes after getting out of the water, my leg started swelling up, and it started turning really red", Martinez, who is from Orlando, said.
Martinez was hospitalized the next day.
Within the past few months, there have been dozens of people to contract the flesh-eating bacteria as climate change fuels the spread of the feared bugs in once-safe oceans, a new study suggested in June.
Tyler King was at work in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, last week, when he noticed his left bicep starting to swell. He then took Benadryl but his arm tripled in size. He rushed to the emergency room.
"When I was a little bit younger, I probably would have tried to tough it out".
"There are so many things we keep replaying that we could've done differently", Traci Fleming said. "If I had gone to sleep ... and had woke up with it at the rate it was spreading, I might not have an arm right now".
Dr. Stephen Spann, dean of the University of Houston College of Medicine, said that having a wound exposed to brackish water where these bacteria live is one way to get an infection; eating contaminated shellfish - "oysters, primarily" - is another.
King, who owns a water sports business, says he did not directly touch water the day he was infected.
He said he still doesn't know what caused the infection. He still doesn't know how it happened but he considers himself lucky.
She was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, the infection commonly known as flesh-eating bacteria.
Tragically, Fleming died Thursday after suffering two strokes and going into septic shock during surgeries to save her injured leg.
"The infection was in her skin", said Wade Fleming, Lynn's son.
Wade Fleming said she was walking on the beach when she fell and suffered a small cut. "Necrotizing means causing the death of tissues".
If you have an open wound that touched the water and you see anything that resembles an infection, Gulig said you should see a doctor immediately.
Dizziness, fatigue, diarrhea, and nausea are also symptoms.