Woman gets flesh-eating bacteria in eye after mud run

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Woman Gets Flesh-Eating Bacteria in Eye After Mud Run


After participating in a mud run, a Texas woman is now blind in one eye because she caught some flesh-eating bacteria.

"When I opened my eye, it was just, like, white — like, the whole room was white," Brittany Williams told KTVT.

Brittany Williams said she believes when some debris flew into her eye during the mud run, it allowed the flesh-eating bacteria to infect her cornea.

It's known as necrotizing fasciitis: A bacteria that spreads quickly after entering the body through any sort of scrape or wound. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that if not treated immediately, the bacteria "can destroy soft tissue and reduce blood flow."

It's the same kind of bacteria that's been infecting beachgoers in Florida. WPEC reports eight people there have already been infected this year.

Unfortunately, Williams doesn't have health insurance to help cover her $100,000 medical bills.

Her family set up an account on crowdfunding site GoFundMe to help raise money to cover those expenses, and as of Wednesday, more than $6,800 has been donated.

KTVT reports Williams' doctors are optimistic that with surgery, she'll regain her sight.

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Woman gets flesh-eating bacteria in eye after mud run
A participant of the Wild Sau Dirt Run 2015 makes his way through the mud in Obertriesting, Lower Austria, Austria, Saturday, April 4, 2015. The Wild Sau Dirt Run is a cross country and steeplechase race for men and women that goes over the distances of 5, 10 and 20 kilometers (3.1, 6.2 , 12.3 miles). (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
An Indian man splashes into a pool of mud during a 'Mud Run' organized by an organization that promotes adventure sports in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, Sept.14, 2014. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
A young woman crawls in a pool of mud during a ‘Mud Run’ organized by an organization that promotes adventure sports in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, Sept.14, 2014. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
A woman douses her face with water at a water-stop during the 2014 JCB Mud Run in Savannah, Ga., Saturday, June 21, 2014. The 5.5 mile course challenged runners with over 20 obstacles with names like Tunnel of Mud, Mystery Finish and Breaking Point Tires. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
A participant of the Wild Sau Dirt Run 2015 passes a mud obstacle in Obertriesting, Lower Austria, Austria, Saturday, April 4, 2015. The Wild Sau Dirt Run is a cross country and steeplechase race for men and women over the distances of 5, 10 and 20 kilometers (3.1, 6.2 , 12.4 miles). (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
A runner gets a spray-down from a local fire department at the halfway point of the 5.5 mile course during the 2014 JCB Mud Run in Savannah, Ga., Saturday, June 21, 2014. The 5.5 mile course challenged runners with over 20 obstacles with names like Tunnel of Mud, Mystery Finish and Breaking Point Tires. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Participants get a spray-down from a local fire department at the halfway point of the 2014 JCB Mud Run in Savannah, Ga., Saturday, June 21, 2014. The 5.5 mile course challenged runners with over 20 obstacles with names like Tunnel of Mud, Mystery Finish and Breaking Point Tires. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Children run into the mud in Westland, Mich., Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Hundreds of kids enjoyed the annual Mud Day event in the 7-by-150-foot mud pit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Participants of the extreme run 'Allgaeuman' run through the mud of the emptied Forggensee lake in the Allgaeu region near Fuessen, southern Germany, on March 21, 2015. Around 700 athletes took part in the 15 kilometers long obstacle course that took place for the first time. AFP PHOTO / DPA / KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND +++ GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
HIMEJI, JAPAN - AUGUST 17: Festival-goers run in the mud to catch to the winning flag during the village mud festival at Yumesaki muddy paddy field on August 17, 2014 in Himeji, Japan. The festival has been held annually to encourage youths of the village to participate in the community. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)
A clown helps a fallen comrade to the finish line at the end of the annual Maldon Mud Race in Maldon, Essex, on May 5, 2013, that sees people running on a short course across a muddy estuary in fancy dress to raise money for charities. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Kids run into the mud pit during the annual Mud Day in Westland, Mich., Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Wayne County mixes more than 200 tons of topsoil and over 20,000 gallons of water to ensure that the mud is just right. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Runners move slowly through a mud pit as they participate in the Warrior Dash obstacle race Saturday, April 30, 2011, in Florence, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Andrea Venus, 17, left, and Hanna Pastor, 16, right, both from Sherwood, Ark., crawl across the finish line during the Mud Run 5k race, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007 in Little Rock, Ark. Over 600 people participated the Mud Run, Little Rock's dirtiest 5k race that winds through an obstacle course and finishes in a 300-foot mud pit. (AP Photo/Mike Wintroath)
Lauren McGraw, 16, of Chandler, Ariz., sinks into a mud pit as she runs the obstacle course at the annual Mighty Mud Mania at Chaparral Park Friday, July 18, 2008, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Nepalesemen participate in a running competiotn in the mud of a paddy field in Pokhara, some 200 kms west of Kathmandu on June 29, 2012. The farmers are celebrating National Paddy Day on 'Asar 15' of the Nepali calendar as the annual rice planting season begins. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)
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A competitor smiles as he crawls through mud during the Merrell Down and Dirty Mud Run at Orchard Beach October 3, 2010 in New York. Thousands of competitors took part in the race which included military obstacles, running, wading in the water, crawling through mud and scaling a wall covered with soap. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
PEATS RIDGE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 05: A competitor dives into a mud pit during Australia's Mud Run Race at Glenworth Valley on December 5, 2009 in Peats Ridge, Australia. (Photo by Robert Gray/Getty Images)
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: A competitor scrambles in the mud under barbed wire during the Tough Guy Challenge 2009 at South Perton Farm on February 1, 2009 in Wolverhampton, England. The biannual event to raise cash for charity challenges thousands of international competitors to run through a gruelling set of 21 obstacles including water, fire and tunnels after a lengthy run at the start. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
VAIL, CO - JUNE 02: Kyle Simonette (L) and Coe Roberts, both of Vail, Colorado, celebrate after finishing the Teva X-1 5K Mud Fun Run at the Teva Mountain Games on June 2, 2007 in Vail, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
STAFFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 1: A reflection in a mud puddle shows competitors running in the annual 'Tough Guy' challenge race during one of the stages February 1, 2003 in Perton in Staffordshire, United Kingdom. The event is a test of strength, endurance and courage with obstacles high in the air and under water to test competitors. (Photo by Graeme Robertson/Getty Images)
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