Since moving to the rehab hospital, Kuykendall has physical and occupational therapy twice a day and is on a regular diet. In June, her tracheotomy device was removed, and she began to communicate normally with family, friends and her medical team.
When asked about how the infection all started, Kuykendall said Monday that it was sudden, and she got treatment right away.
"I remembered the birth and I remembered coming home with them and I remembered going to the hospital because I thought I had a blood clot," said Kuykendall. "I don't remember much after that."
Kuykendall said she sought help after noticing strip on the back of her left thigh, which she thought was a clot, but it became clear fast that something more was going on.
One of Kuykendall's doctors said Monday the progression of the infection was fast and aggressive.
"These flesh eating bacteria grow so rapidly that you can actually see the skin change in front of your eyes," said Dr. Spence Taylor. "You can actually see the growth over time."
Since May, more than 70 doctors and 250 nurses have helped in Kuykendall's recovery. The medical staff said they tried everything and anything they could to treat her as aggressively as possible, including operating on her 18 days straight.
Taylor said after they stopped the infection, she received surgical skin grafts over approximately 25 percent of her total body surface prior to moving to the rehab hospital.
While doctors have not said where or how Kuykendall got the infection, they said she could have gotten it from the smallest cut.
Doctors said Kuykendall could be released from the rehab hospital as early as tomorrow but most likely sometime this week. She will receive at home care and then attend outpatient therapy as she continues to recover.
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