Woman dies of flesh-eating disease in Florida, son says

77-year-old dies after falling on Coquina Beach

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ELLENTON, Fla. – A Pennsylvania man says his 77-year-old mother contracted a flesh-eating bacteria and died nearly two weeks after she fell and scraped her leg while walking on a Florida beach.

Wade Fleming told The Associated Press on Monday that Lynn Fleming, who retired to Florida's Gulf Coast, stumbled and fell into the water on Coquina Beach while her family was visiting from Pittsburgh. The wound swelled up and continued to bleed, prompting her to go to an urgent care facility where she was prescribed antibiotics and given a tetanus shot.

The next day friends found her semiconscious in her home and rushed her to a hospital.

She was diagnosed with the flesh-eating disease and died Thursday after suffering two strokes and organ failure, almost two weeks after her injury.

Coquina Beach is south of Tampa.