NAPLES — Another case of rare bacteria in the water has left a Florida woman fighting for her life.
Margaret Freiwald, 84, was swimming near Tampa when she cut her leg. Then, while she was on vacation on Marco Island, she became gravely ill and ended up in the intensive care unit at NCH Hospital.
Freiwald's extreme downward spiral started with a swim in the Gulf. She was out on a boat with friends and family in Hernando County, when she cut her leg getting back into the boat.
Doctors told the family; Margaret came in contact with a bacterium called vibrio vulnificus. The infection was so aggressive; they were forced to amputate her leg, NBC2 reports.
"It's attacked all her organs. She was suffering kidney failure. She had a heart attack." says Walter Lettau, Freiwald's partner.