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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
Ky. veteran killed in Afghanistan blast
May 17, 2013 23:53 GMT
FORT THOMAS, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky veteran who was working as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan has died in an explosion in Kabul that killed at least 15 people including six Americans.
The father of 26-year-old Michael Robert Bradford of Fort Thomas said his son was smart, good in different sports and about to become a father.
Gary "Moose" Bradford, also of Fort Thomas, told The Kentucky Enquirer (http://bit.ly/12i0nVO ) he found about his son's death from Michael Bradford's wife, Sasha, on Thursday afternoon. He said he was in total disbelief.
The couple's first child is due in a few weeks.
Two American soldiers were killed along with four American civilian contractors with DynCorp International, based in Falls Church, Va.
Other survivors include his mother, Linda Bradford of Johnson City, Tenn.
Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.