HORROR PICS: Mum nearly dies as ’flesh-eating superbug’ devours her BUM

A MUM-OF-TWO almost died after a deadly “flesh-eating bug” ate her entire bum cheek.

Picture of Julie's flesh eaten skinKENNEDY NEWS AND MEDIA

GRAPHIC PICS: The flesh eating bug chomped into Julie’s hip, leg and bum

Julie Broude was putting up lights in her garden when a thorn from rosebush flowers pricked her hip.

Within days she was rushed to hospital when the cut led to most of her right leg, hip and bum rotting away.

The 43-year-old was rushed to A&E in a helicopter where she fell into a coma and her terrified family were told she might not survive.

Doctors at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, US, had discovered Julie had been infected by the bacteria clostridium septicum – often found in soil.

“People really don’t survive this so I’m considered very, very lucky”

Julie Broude

So she would need emergency surgery, with her family also warned her leg might need to be amputated

But after two months in hospital and seven surgeries to cut out dead flesh left by the infection, she miraculously survived.

And she avoided having her leg amputated, although graphic pictures show the horror scarring down her leg and flesh eaten skin.

The brave mum is now speaking out to warn gardeners about the rare bacteria that lurks in soil.

Julie, from Boston, Massachusetts, said: “Luckily I was in a coma during the time I almost died. My husband and parents had to go through that – every day was touch and go.

“I wasn’t awake for any of that so I didn’t have anyone saying ‘you’re going to die’. That was all on my family. It was devastating.

“When I talk to my doctors and ask ‘where are your other clostridium septicum patients because I want to see where they are in a year’ they say they’re all dead.

“People really don’t survive this so I’m considered very, very lucky.”

The bacteria that caused Julie’s necrotising fasciitis is believed to have a mortality rate of up to 97 per cent.

It was thanks to her routine blood test the week before – which showed she had a very low white blood cell count – that she survived, she believes.

Julie says she can now walk again without a walking stick – something that took nine months to do after leaving hospital.


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