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Elderly Naples woman loses leg to flesh eating bacteria
NAPLES -- An elderly woman in Naples says she's lucky to be alive after losing her leg to a flesh-eating bacteria.
The family of 84 year old Margaret Freiwald say she contracted "Vibrio Vulnificus" back in July.
She was in the Gulf of Mexico boating with friends when she cut her leg on a ladder.
That's when she got the potentially deadly bacteria.
Two days later she was in a coma.
She had taken a turn for the worse. It was touch and go for a week and a half easily.
No, only when I woke up and they told me that they took my leg. It really didn't bother me that much because I was thankful that I was alive.
Now three months later, she is learning to walk again and is planning a vacation to the Florida Keys.
28-cases have been reported in Florida in the past few weeks
Nine people have died.
There have been two confirmed cases of the Vibrio Vulnificus Bacteria in our area one in Santa Rosa County and one in Escambia
You can get it by getting in the water with an open wound or from eating raw oysters.