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Flesh-eating bacteria no match for Lincoln boy

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By: Bill Schammert
bschammert@klkntv.com

For Matthew Guevara and his family, it's been a month of high highs and low lows.  The one-year-old Lincoln boy was diagnosed with a flesh eating bacteria just weeks ago.

His mother, Theralee Guevara, is still trying to put together the pieces.

"You wake up one morning and he's on his deathbed? I mean what is that?" she questioned.

The boy was diagnosed with Necrotizing Fasciitis, an often deadly flesh-eating bacteria.  In the time it took him to get from Lincoln to Children's Hospital in Omaha, a tiny blister beneath his stomach nearly doubled in size.

It was a race against time.

"For him, the situation was rare," his mom said.  "He didn't have a cut, a bruise, an infection, [doctors] just said the combination of everything was right for him."

As the bacteria spread throughout his torso, doctors worked to remove the infection.

He laid in a hospital bed for four days with open wounds as surgeons were repeatedly removing chunks of his skin.

But as the days passed, things started to change.  His mother says everyday he took two-steps forward, and zero steps back.

Soon everyone noticed.

"He found out where the call nurse button was," Guevara said.  "And he kept hitting it, the nurses would come in and he would just smile.  We knew he was getting better."

In total, Matthew spent 14-days in the hospital and underwent five different surgeries.  Not once did the flesh-eating bacteria threaten his organs or his limbs. 

He still has more visits to make, more check-ups before he's completely in the clear.  He'll have scars for the rest of his life, but Guevara says doctors have told her he'll make a full recovery.

Now, his mother wants to remind every parent, it's okay to never stop worrying.

"Go with your gut.  Sometimes you say, 'Well, I feel stupid, I'm not going to call the doctor.' But if I would've been different and waited 24-hours, I wouldn't have even made it to Children's.  It's all timing."

Matthew's medical bills are piling up.  If you'd like to help, a fund has been set up in his name at Wells Fargo Bank.

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