A Texas mom contracted flesh eating bacteria when she competed in a mud run. Brittany Williams of Dallas, Texas ran the race two weeks ago, and lost sight in one eye after waking up 24 hours later to see the whole room white, according to New York Daily News.
Flesh-eating bacteria had made its way in and melted her cornea, leaving her blind in one eye. The young mom was horrified at first and explained her symptoms.
“My eye started hurting, like maybe I’ve got mud or some debris in there,” Williams said. “When I opened my eye, it was just like white. The whole room was white.”
The mom contracted flesh-eating bacteria without knowing it. Williams, who works two jobs to support herself and her daughter, rushed to the hospital, and was shocked to learn after she was treated that because she did not have health insurance the bill was $100,000.
“I’ve had health insurance before and I never used it,” explained Williams, who ended up spending a week in the hospital. I never went to the doctor and I just spent lots of money for nothing. So I didn’t see the point at the time when we couldn’t afford it.”
The flesh-eating bacteria made its way in her eye and caused her so much grief. Making matters worse, all the doctors she has contacted have now refused to treat the young mom, or even give her a referral.
“You don’t think you’re going to go to the doctor and someone’s gonna say you owe $3,000 for eye drops,” said Williams of her current predicament.
But the flesh-eating-bacteria saga got even worse Tuesday. The young mom’s fiancé, Rob, wrote on a GoFundMe page that has been set up to help Williams that she was turned away at a follow-up appointment.
“Another rough day for Brit everyone,” wrote Rob. “We were scheduled for a follow up and deep tissue biopsy/culture early this morning. Before getting fully checked in or seeing any of her team members, we were asked to leave and told we could no longer be treated within their facility secondary to lack of insurance and full payment.”
Now, despite the fact that she needs to find a new doctor and is relying on old antibiotics, the mom is somehow staying positive and hoping something might be done to save her eye. First she suffers from the flesh-eating bacteria, then has to deal with the financial aspect of the problem.
“Even though people go through horrible things, I make the best of it. Because there’s no point in sitting and sulking, because it’s just going to make the rest of my days miserable,” said Williams.
Williams also said that losing sight in one eye isn’t the end of the world. The mom contracted flesh-eating bacteria, but is thankful that it didn’t spread further.