In a horrific and almost unbelievable accident, a young mother died after she contracted a flesh-eating disease during a sex game. English woman Katie Widdowson first went to the hospital complaining of pain after her boyfriend tied her up to the bed during a consensual sex act. But when she was turned away, her condition only got worse. Now, there's an inquiry about how the woman contracted the disease and why doctors didn't take her seriously about her pain. It's also freaking people out worldwide – how did a young healthy woman contract a rare flesh-eating disease during sex?
Doctors Thought She Sprained Her Wrist When She Was Tied Up During Sex
Katie Widdowson, 23, was having sex with her boyfriend Dean Smith on January 1, 2017. At some point in the night, her boyfriend bound her wrist in a consensual sex act. The next morning, she said she felt pain in her wrist and went to the hospital. Doctors initially thought she had sprained her wrist and sent her home with that diagnosis.
In actuality, she had contracted necrotizing fasciitis through a small cut on her wrist. It quickly developed into a serious situation, and, less than 24 hours, later she was dead.
The Flesh Eating Disease Split Her Skin And Turned Her Arm Black
According to the Daily Mail, Widdowson's pain didn't stop when she got back from the doctor. In fact, it got worse. She started getting blisters on her arm, which began splitting, and her arm started to turn black. She suffered a heart attack and was transported to the hospital the day after she first went to see doctors. She was pronounced dead on arrival.
Necrotizing fasciitis is a flesh-eating disease that infects the body's soft tissue. What makes it so deadly is its speed. Once the bacteria manifests on the body, it moves quickly and infects other parts of the body. It gets into the body through a small cut or burn. At first, it looks like a bruise and hurts very badly.
The Doctors Who Turned Her Away Are Under Investigation
The doctors at the hospital in England where Widdowson went are under investigation now because they failed to see the warning signs. Despite complaints the pain was spreading – and despite the fact her heart rate and scans were abnormal – doctors let her go. An investigator told The Sun doctors should've seen these anomalies and put her under observation. If that had happened, she might've survived.
"They flagrantly ignored the policy that was there for the very situation Katie found herself in," said assistant coroner Emma Brown. "Her early warning score was six and should have resulted in regular and ongoing observations and further investigations. These were not carried out. If Katie had remained in hospital, it is clear that her death would have been avoidable."