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Northstate Woman Looks Back On Losing Husband To Flesh Eating Infection

Published On: May 16 2012 08:12:47 AM CDT   Updated On: May 16 2012 08:25:10 AM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

A northstate woman lost her husband three years ago to the same type of flesh-eating infection as Aimee Copeland, the Georgia student who is fighting for her life.

Michelle Bergeron says it's surreal for her to hear about Copeland's situation because it makes her feel like she is reliving everything.

Her husband, Andy, was 45-years-old when he died from an infection that was started by a scratch from the family cat.

Andy was taken to Mercy Hospital two days after the scratch and died seven weeks later, leaving behind his wife and four kids.

Bergeron told me the bacteria itself is everywhere and that it's just a matter of it spreading into a wound and into the blood stream.

She told me its rare to get an infection like this, but that it's important to educate the community. Bergeron said, "it's nice that they've been able to get it on national news because it's all about awareness. Awareness is the key in this. If you know what's going on, then you can possibly save a life or even your own life."

Bergeron said her husband treated the cat-scratch the proper way, but it only got worse. Eventually he had flu-like symptoms and quickly became weaker. That's when they figured out the bacteria had taken over his body.

Bergeron said her family is doing much better since their loss. She said now, they're praying for Amy Copeland to pull through.