Benefit for SC mom with flesh-eating illness

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Motorcycle riders are suiting up to raise money to help with hospital bills for a new South Carolina mother battling flesh-eating bacteria.

The ride to benefit Lana Kuykendall is scheduled for Saturday at Simpsonville City Park.

Kuykendall has been hospitalized since days after giving birth to twins at an Atlanta hospital last month. When the new family of four returned to their Piedmont home, Kuykendall — who is also a paramedic — noticed a lesion on her left leg.

As the spot began to spread, Kuykendall went to a local hospital, where she underwent more than a dozen surgeries to stop the spread of necrotizing fasciitis.

Kuykendall’s husband says she’s improving and has been moved to a rehab facility.

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