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10/17/2016 Latest post:
Most of you know Julie's first battle starting in January with a massive heart attack and stroke. Followed by open heart surgery in May. After that she was moved to Traer to be closer to her family. Progress was very slow waiting for her to recover from surgery. Therapy had just begun and was very painful when she developed cellulitis. She went to a physician last Tuesday, October 11th and was given 2 antibiotics. Unfortunately, they just weren't the right ones her body needed and she progressed. She was taken by ambulance Friday morning to Covenant and by evening she was taking a helicopter ride to Iowa City for necrotizing faciitis. (otherwise known as flesh eating bacteria). She underwent immediate emergency surgery and we were told this was very life threatening. Surgery ended at about 1:30 a.m. and they gave dire warnings, but within a couple days things were looking better. It is very hard to describe the wound. They removed 50# of tissue. It is a huge gaping open wound in her abdomen. It is beyond awful. Last night they moved her to the Burn Unit.