Crystal Spencer dies after battling flesh eating bacteria

9:58 PM, Jul 30, 2012   |    comments
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By Malcolm Maddox

Farmington Hills, MI (WXYZ/CNN) - A Detroit-area woman who'd been fighting flesh eating bacteria, has died.

The 33-year-old woman had been hospitalized for a month and her family says they were preparing for her to go into rehab.

Now, they have to plan her funeral.

"I mean she was cheerful and whatever. She was looking forward and on her way to recovery," said the woman's father-in-law, Eric Spencer.

All signs seemed to point toward Crystal Spencer beating the greatest challenge in her young lie - necrotizing fasciitis. She contracted it after going to the hospital to have a boil removed.

"They found out that she had an infection down by her groin and it went up to her side and it was the size of a small watermelon," said Spencer.

Doctors had to act fast. They removed a piece of Crystal's stomach. Her family was optimistic she'd recover.

"We're at the hospital for about 45 minutes, she ordered lunch," said Spencer.

He and his son, Jeff, Crystal's husband, went home. Moments after walking through the door they were told to come back to the hospital, but it was too late.

At 3:36 p.m. Crystal Spencer exited this world, leaving behind a mountain of debt, racked up as she fought for her life.

"We have gotten bills from, already that are quite, we just don't have the finances. Not just us, the family," said Spencer.

It's a tragic end to a young life. After 14 years of marriage, all Jeff has are memories.

It's unclear if Spencer died from the infection or from complications from her Type 2 Diabetes.



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