A woman scratched by an "evil cat" develops flesh-eating bacteria, nearly dying
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A British grandmother of five years is grateful to be alive after developing a potentially lethal infection due to the scratch from her "vicious" and "furious" cat, "Chan", a Siamese cat .  In April, 65-year-old Shirley Hair said she tried to get Chan to choke, but the cat "didn't have it" and scratched it on her right hand.
Shirley Hair at the hospital.
"The scratch was pretty deep, but I didn't think much of it until I started to get flu symptoms and completely lost my appetite," she told South West News Service (SWNS), a British news outlet agency. "A doctor came who examined me and prescribed antibiotics for me, but after a few days I felt worse than ever." Shirley after the scratch. “/>
The hand of Shirley's hair after the scratch.
Shortly thereafter, the hand of the hair begins to swell and turn bright red. She was subsequently taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol, after which "I realized it was something very serious," she said.
When she arrived, she was diagnosed with sepsis, septic shock, organ failure, pneumonia and necrotizing fasciitis, often referred to as "flesh-eating bacteria". She underwent emergency surgery to remove the affected tissue and was placed in a medically induced coma to allow her body to heal.
Shirley Hair's infected hand.
Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare bacterial infection that spreads rapidly throughout the body and can lead to death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Accurate diagnosis, rapid antibiotic treatment, and prompt surgery are vital to stopping the spread of the infection. Bacteria most often enter the body by breaking the skin, such as cuts and abrasions, burns, insect bites, puncture wounds, or surgical wounds.
In addition to a red swollen area of the skin, severe pain outside the area of infected skin, as well as fever may be signs of necrotizing fasciitis. The CDC advises you to contact your doctor immediately if any of these symptoms develop after an injury or surgery.
Later symptoms of the infection may include ulcers, blisters or black spots on the skin, changes in skin color, pus or flushing, dizziness, fatigue, diarrhea or nausea.
Necrotizing fasciitis can lead to shock, sepsis and organ failure, or lifelong complications from severe scars and loss of the limb. Even with rapid treatment, up to one in three patients is diagnosed with the infection according to the CDC.
Shirley Hair's arm during dressing changes after her third skin graft. (SWNS)
By April 15, about five days after she was first put into a medically induced coma, Hair came. But her battle was not over. She needed another operation during which her heart was communicated. She later underwent multiple skin grafts to cover the area that doctors were forced to remove.
Weeks later she was released from the hospital. Hair is lucky to be alive, she told SWNS.
Shirley's hair shows a hand that is scratched by her cat near a fatal infection and residual scars.
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Chan the cat, which apparently became more aggressive as it aged, has since been sheltered again. Kos said he "can no longer stand against Chan" after experiencing almost death.
Shirley and her husband Bob, at their home in Bristol. (SWNS)
"This cat has always been vicious, but still very expensive," she continued, noting that she paid approximately $ 515 for a pedigree in 2016.
"I had a feeling I was going to die," Hair. "I could not believe that all this could happen from a simple zero."
Alexandria Hein contributed to this report.