(NEW YORK POST) – An Arizona woman who was misdiagnosed with the flu is battling a dangerous flesh-eating virus, according to reports.
The wrong diagnosis cost Christin Lipinski crucial time treating what turned out to be a highly aggressive form of necrotizing fasciitis, according to news station KNXV.
The Litchfield Park mom was treated on Jan. 11 for achiness that health professionals determined was a symptom of influenza.
When the pain worsened, Lipinski visited a local trauma center where she learned that she was sick with the life-threatening disease, KNXV reported.
“Due to the time that had lapsed caused by the misdiagnoses, the bacterial infection developed into a highly aggressive form of necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating bacteria), a very rare and destructive disease with a mortality rate of 30% and higher,” according to a GoFundMe page started to raise money for her medical expenses.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reported patients suffering from necrotizing fasciitis may experience fever, chills, fatigue and vomiting.
To treat the disease, Lipinski underwent two surgeries to remove 30 percent of infected tissue on her body.
The mom of three is hospitalized in stable but critical condition, according to the GoFundMe page.
“Christin faces a very long road to recovery ahead with numerous skin graft surgeries, reconstructive surgeries and physical therapy,” the GoFundMe page said.