Sep 28, 2017

Woman dies from flesh-eating bacteria after Harvey

Harris County, TX
Susan Scutti
Nancy Reed, 77, died on September 15.
Nancy Reed, 77, died on September 15.

Four weeks after the storm, Hurricane Harvey's destruction continues. A recent victim of the super storm is a 77-year-old woman who encountered flesh-eating bacteria inside a home near Houston, according to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science.

Nancy Reed -- Harris County's 36th fatality related to the storm -- died on September 15.

Necrotizing fasciitis is the cause of Reed's death recorded by the medical examiner. Complications in the form of an infected wound followed an accidental fall that resulted in "blunt trauma of an upper extremity," the report indicates.

"She was in good health. She was very active," said Mark Renn, associate pastor for missions and evangelism at First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood, where her memorial service was held.

When Reed contracted the bacterial disease from the contaminated waters, Renn explained, she was helping her son clear out his house and accidentally injured herself.

"She was in the ICU for two weeks," said Renn. "She went into the hospital, she was making good progress, they thought they had treated the bacterial infection, and then just to find out one morning that she was gone."