A third victim is recovering from a flesh-eating bacteria in a strange surge in the rare condition after a Georgia student lost her leg, a foot and both her hands and a new mother of twins was left fighting for her life.
Bobby Vaughn, 32, has lost two pounds of flesh from his groin and back after he caught the aggressive bug when he got a cut on his side after falling out of a tree in Georgia.
Aimee Copeland's fight against the condition has risen to national attention after the 24-year-old student caught it after cutting herself on a homemade zip-slide into Georgia's Little Tallapoosa River at the beginning of this month.
Lana Kuykendall, 36, contracted the condition in South Carolina just hours after giving birth to twins on May 11.
Lucky to be alive: Bobby Vaughn watched his infection grow from the size of a peanut to the size of a grapefruit
Two victims: Aimee Copeland, 24, (right) was infected when she was cut after falling from a homemade zipline. Lana Kuykendall (left) came down with the disease after giving birth to twins
Mr Vaughn is currently being treated at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, the same place where Miss Copeland is still fighting for her life after doctors were forced to amputate one of her legs, one of her feet and both her hands.
Miss Copeland, 24, became infected after she received a cut after falling from a homemade zip-line into the river east of Atlanta.
Her father announced on Sunday that she was able to breathe for 10 hours without a respirator, a new milestone in her long road to recovery.
Lana Kuykendall, 36, was hospitalized with necrotitis faciitis just hours after she was released from Emory University Hospital after giving birth to twins there.
She is in critical but stable condition after undergoing seven operations to remove dead and infected tissue from her leg.
Two pounds of flesh: Mr Vaugh had to endure five surgeries, but doctors believe they have removed the infected tissue
AIMEE COPELAND'S LIFE SPARED BUT HER LIMBS ARE AMPUTATED
NEW MOTHER LANA KUYKENDALL CLINGING TO LIFE
Doctors say that despite the strange surge in cases of the rare disease, the three infections are not related.
Both Miss Copeland and Mr Vaughn are at Doctors Hospital because it has one of the most renowned burn clinics in the country.
Because of the nature of the injuries the flesh-eating bacteria causes, burn doctors have experience removing damaged tissue and repairing it with skin grafts.
Mr Vaughn, a landscaper from Cartersville, said he realized immediately after he received the cut that something was wrong.
'I just out of the blue wasn't feeling real well, and I went over and sat in my truck for a minute, and I was feeling real hot, and I started vomiting, you know, so we just stopped for the day,' he told CBS Atlanta.
However, when the infection, which began the size of a peanut, grew to the size of a grapefruit, he went to see a doctor.
Like Miss Copeland and Mrs Kuyrkendal, Mr Vaughn was rushed into emergency surgery, where doctors cut out as much of the infected tissue as they could.
'I lost a lot of tissue that was in there. I've had a total of about five surgeries,'' Mr Vaugh told the TV station.
Vaughn said he's slowly recovering after doctors managed to stem the spread of the rare infection.
'I was told I was just a day or two from being dead or losing entire parts of my body,' he told NBC 11.
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