On a beautiful day in late June of 2014, Maria Leal was a lovely bride enjoying the best day of her life. By July, just 2 weeks later, Maria was in the ICU fighting for her life. Shortly after her wedding, Maria mysteriously contracted MRSA. She was at work one day when she felt so tired she decided to head home. By the time she got there, Maria couldn’t lie on her back, her pain so acute. Her husband came home and treated her for the flu but took her to the ER when her symptoms continue to worsen over the next hour.
Maria was misdiagnosed with strep throat, treated with antibiotics and sent home. Unable to keep the medicine down, and with a temperature of 103 degrees, the Leals headed back to the ER. She was admitted to ICU with a high fever, nausea, shortness of breath and chest pain and then she began to cough up blood and her lungs began to shut down. After a comprehensive blood test, visits from several doctors and finally an infectious diseases specialist, she was diagnosed with MRSA.
The doctors promptly quarantined and treated Maria with an antibiotic that is active against MRSA and she began showing improvement. She was released but shortly readmitted when it was discovered that she’d contracted a secondary infection. Maria is much better today, with the exception of a lingering, chronic cough.