Central Georgia Flesh Eating Bacteria Victim Speaks Out
A young mother in Griffin battling flesh-eating bacteria is home from the hospital.
Desiree Alford is having a difficult time explaining to her children why it's taking so long for her to recover. But she's just grateful to be alive.
Alford told WGXA that she knows her children are too young to ask questions, “but they know momma's sick."
Alford says 6-year-old Ashlynn and her little brother Jermaine don't understand why it is taking their momma so long to feel better.
The young Griffin mother recalls having flu-like symptoms that lasted more than a week. Then, lying in a hospital bed and her mother telling her she has flesh eating bacteria.
"It was scary because I thought I was going to lose everything, “Alford said. “That I wouldn't be here for my kids."
Doctors removed two baseball sized chunks of tissue and muscle from her bottom. Weeks later, she is now recovering in her mother's home. She's able to walk a few steps at a time.
Cathy Bagley tears up when she watches her daughter struggle through the pain.
"When you see her and she's down. I just want to take it all away from her."
Desiree says doctors told her she has months of recovery ahead of her. She says it's frustrating not to be able to take care of her children.
But she knows she's lucky doctors caught the infection before it spread even further.
"If it weren't for everyone's prayers, I wouldn't be here and I thank god I am here."