Eaten Alive: 5-year battle with flesh-eating germ

This photo taken June 25, 2010 shows Sandy Wilson in Baltimore. No one knows how Wilson got the flesh-eating bacteria, necrotizing fasciitis. In all of medicine, few infections are as feared as this one. It strikes out of the blue, especially diabetics, cancer patients, transplants recipients and others with weak immune systems _ a large and growing group of Americans. It kills 20 percent of its victims and horribly disfigures others. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

This photo taken June 25, 2010 shows Sandy Wilson in Baltimore. No one knows how Wilson got the flesh-eating bacteria, necrotizing fasciitis. In all of medicine, few infections are as feared as this one. It strikes out of the blue, especially diabetics, cancer patients, transplants recipients and others with weak immune systems _ a large and growing group of Americans. It kills 20 percent of its victims and horribly disfigures others. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

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