Late last night Zoey was transported to Seattle Children's Hospital by aid car when they thought she had a skin infection needing surgical attention, called Cellulitis. Zoey came out of surgery in the wee hours of the morning, along with the daunting diagnosis of Necrotizing Faciitis, otherwise known as a flesh eating bacterial infection. NF is a fast spreading disease that destroys the body's soft tissue, and can infect surrounding muscles, nerves, fat, and blood vessels. The cause of this infection is unknown, but thought to be from bacteria entering her body through either an insect bite or a small cut. She is on 4 strong antibiotics to fight this infection. The surgery was to remove dead infected tissue to help stop the spread of infection. Doctors prepared the family for the worst possible outcome, that Zoey could possibly need an amputation of her leg if infection could not be contained, and the more scary possibility of loss of life.
After the first surgery, Zoey was left sedated in preparation for another surgery. Redness on her leg continued to spread upward today, and surgery #2 was performed this evening. They had to extend her lower incision, and make another one in her thigh to check to check for more infected tissue. Praises to Jesus, NO additional infection was found. She will still have another surgery tomorrow, but at the moment no infection being found is very encouraging news! Sadly, Zoey is having a hard time with pain and discomfort coming out of this surgery. Her poor little body is undergoing quite the traumatic ordeal.
Surgery #3 is scheduled for mid-morning tomorrow. This is a very rapid spreading infection, therefore the need for aggressive treatment and close monitoring. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!