At first 12-year-old Kyle Brown and her family could not figure out what was going on with her. The family, from Indiana, arrived in Destin earlier this month on vacation.
After a day spent frolicking on a beach, Kylei woke up with an awful pain in her lower leg
Everyone just thought it was a charlie horse, Brown said, so the family continued on with their vacation. But the next day Kyle's pain was even worse. It was so bad she could not even walk
"At that point, I should have put it on my back and carry it around," Brown said.
It's fast moving and deadly
"They were taking her to emergency surgery trying to remove the infection from her leg. were trying to save her leg and save her because the infection was moving so fast, Brown told the TV station
Days of surgeries lie ahead
Necrotizing fasciitis can be caused by different types of bacteria such as Group A Strep or Vibrio vulnificus. The bacteria, often found in water, can enter the body through an open wound. Brown thinks Kyle's snake and wound on her lower leg after she hurt herself on a skateboard before the family left for Florida.
The CDC recommends avoiding spending time in natural bodies of water, hot tubs or swimming pools if you have an open wound
The Florida Department of Health said it had not been contacted by the family or anyone who said they might have been exposed to this bacterium in the state.
"We are taking this issue seriously and are working with the Alabama and Indiana departments of health to collect information on this case and determine if this was caused by a bacteria such as vibrio or any other reportable health condition, Emerson George, and a spokesperson for the health department, said in an email
CNN has reached out to the family and is waiting to hear back