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Nov 14, 2012 8:23 PM by Kristen Holloway

A New Iberia Woman Contracts A Deadly Bacteria Infection but Survives

A New Iberia woman is alive today to share her story of fighting off a deadly bacteria. Lisa Mallet's rare bacterial infection sparked the interest of producers of "Monsters Inside Me" a show on Animal Planet. The bacteria poses little risk to healthy people, but those with weakened immune systems are more at risk. Infections tends to happen in intensive care units and hospitals where very ill patients are cared for. Infections rarely happen outside of healthcare settings.
Mother of two, Lisa Mallet suffered from a mysterious lung infection and barely survived. In 2009 she was admitted into a New Iberia hospital with Pneumonia but it was later determined she had Swine Flu. Just days later she fell into a Coma for 48 days. While in a coma she contracted Acinetobacter Baumannii a deadly bacteria.
"When the doctors presented my husband with the thought of there is nothing left they can do, he said we got to get her out of here cause you have to save her," said Mallet.
Mallet was transferred to Lafayette General Medical Center, doctors isolated her and told her husband she had a 2% chance of making it but after 8 weeks in the hospital and using a walker for a month and physical therapy for six months, today Lisa is completely healthy.
"Whats dangerous about that bacteria is that it's resistant to several classes of drugs, specifically antibiotics so our choices of the medications that we can use to treat it are very limited," said LGMC Nurse/Infection Preventionist Rachel Brunt.
"I'm thankful for my husband and my family and the amazing doctors and nurses that dedicated their time to finding a cure and helping me return to normal," said Mallet.
Mallet said it's hard to relive her story for the show Monsters Inside Me, but she couldn't be more happy to be alive and share her story of survival.
Mallet's journey before and after her bacterial infection will air Friday at 7 p.m. on Animal Planet.


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