Teen Struggling To Survive After ‘Superbug’ Infection At UCLA Hospital

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An 18-year-old student is struggling to survive after he was infected by a “superbug” outbreak tied to contaminated medical instruments at a Los Angeles hospital, his attorney said.

The young man has spent nearly three months in the hospital and is in grave condition after contracting a potentially lethal, antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, attorney Kevin Boyle said Thursday.

He had entered the hospital for a procedure that involved using an endoscope to examine his pancreas.

“They were scoping it out, trying to see what was the matter,” Boyle said. “He had no life-threatening condition before like he does now.”

At least seven people — two of whom died — have been infected with the bacteria known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, after undergoing similar endoscopic procedures between October and January. More than 170 other patients also may have been exposed, hospital officials said.

Boyle declined to release the teenager’s name or where he attends school. The student spent 83 days in the hospital at one point and was released but recently relapsed and has been hospitalized again, the lawyer said.

“After he had the procedure, he was released. Then he came down with his illness, and —> Read More Here


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