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"When I looked at it, it was like a red spot," says Susan Howell. "It looked like a bug bite or bumped it on something and I just kissed it and said it'll be okay."
It wasn't okay.
"When it started hurting really bad, it got worser and bigger," says Emmie Howell.
The next day, her thumb was red, puffy and twice the size.
"Yucky looking," says Susan.
What Emmie had was a staph infection. Bacteria had seeped below her skin and into the bone and tendons.
"Even a minor cut like a paper cut or a simple cut on the foot or hand can turn into a staph infection," says Dr. Camiron Pfenning, ER physician at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.
She says staph infections from a simple cut can be common, especially if it's on a finger.
"A finger is the end of the blood supply, so every little poor profusion which means increased risk of infection from any kind," says Dr. Pfennig.
Doctors drained the abscess from Emmie's thumb, but it wasn't enough. She needed surgery, and Susan Howell was warned her daughter could lose her thumb.
"He had told us that when he got in there if the infection was in he would need to cut her as far as he needed to go to get to where that was going to stop," says Susan.
Fortunately, doctors got the infection. Emmie is back to using her thumb, for the important things, like playing with her toys. Susan Howell was told to bleach everything in the house from toys to furniture to all their clothes.
Doctors say if you or your child has a cut, you should:
Immediately clean it with soap and water.
Use an anti-bacterial ointment to put on the cut.
Keep it clean, covered and dry.
Avoid putting fingers in your mouth and touching different parts of your face or other surfaces.
Tuesday, July 24 2012, 12:24 AM CDT
Audit finds $51K missing at Hamblen animal shelter
May 22, 2013 19:59 GMT
MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) -- An audit by the state comptroller's office has found that more than $51,000 in animal adoption fees and donations for the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society was not deposited into the facility's bank account.
According to the audit, an investigation was requested by the Hamblen County mayor after a humane society employee discovered altered receipts.
The audit says a former employee who was questioned by management admitted to backdating one receipt to "borrow" $120. The employee returned the $120 and was terminated. The employee refused to meet with auditors.
Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society Board Chair Gean Ann Sing said in a response to auditors that the humane society now utilizes more than one employee for handling deposits. The board also has agreed to obtain yearly audits.
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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IN THE NEWS: TEENS MOVING TO TWITTER TO DODGE PARENTS, OTHER BORES
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DOG BEACH WEAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- From bikinis to Hawaiian shirts -- it's time to gear up for the beach.