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Fecal Transplant Saves 4-Year-Old Georgia Girl's Life

| by Brendan Kelly

A young Georgia girl is finally healing after seemingly harmless antibiotics led to an unexpected near-fatal infection in January 2014. 

The now 4-year-old Avery Lee was diagnosed with Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, in January. The infection at its most mild can cause abdominal pain, but at its worst it can lead to death.

Thanks to a fecal transplant performed this summer by GI Care for Kids of Atlanta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia, Avery is recovering from the life-threatening infection.

"If we didn't get a transplant, she was going to die," John Lee, Avery's father, said.

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Avery's was the first fecal transplant performed in Georgia, reports Ktlaz, but the procedure has become a common treatment for C. diff.

C. diff develops when an antibiotic eliminates healthy bacteria and overcomes the intestine, which is what happened to Avery. Fecal transplants can cure C. diff because they infuse healthy bacteria from a person who hasn't been on antibiotics into the digestive tract of the patient, which fights the infection. The procedure has a 90 to 95 percent response rate.

John said that since Avery's procedure, she has been healthy and has had regular bowel movements.

"It's incredible how many people a fecal transplant can save, and help, and cure, and give life again," Avery's mother, Amy Lee, said. "Avery literally got her life back."

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Sources: Ktlaz, Reddit / Photo credit: Ktlaz