After falling into floodwaters, a 77-year-old Kingwood woman died from necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating infection caused by exposure to bacteria, according to Roxanne Mena, a forensic investigator with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
Nancy Reed is Harris County’s 36th death linked to Hurricane Harvey, according to the institute.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls necrotizing fasciitis a rare but dangerous infection that can kill the body’s soft tissue – like skin, tendons,
Reed is the second person infected by necrotizing fasciitis in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. J.R. Atkins, a former
Reed initially broke and cut her arm after a fall at her son’s home in Kingwood, according to the Houston Chronicle. She reported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands and was then moved to Memorial Hermann at the Texas Medical Center on September 12, and died three days later, according to Mena, the forensic investigator.
Reed was born in Pittsburgh in 1940 and was the CEO of LivingTributes.com, a collection of online memorials, according to her obituary. She is survived by her son, John Reed.