A 10-year-old girl has lost her leg to a rare, flesh-eating bacteria.
Abbie Metge, from Afton, Wyoming, was riding on a tractor over Memorial Day weekend when the tractor hit a bump and caught her right leg.
Her parents, Michelle and Russ, thought surgery for the large cut and a short hospital stay was all she needed.
But, just a week later, Abbie's leg was swelling and had turned a reddish color, reported the Malheur Enterprise.
She was rushed to the hospital where doctors told her parents she had necrotizing fasciitis, an infection that destroys tissue under the skin - and that it had spread through her right leg.
Abbie's only chance of survival was for surgeons to amputate the leg all the way to her hip.
Abbie Metge, 10 (pictured), from Afton, Wyoming, had her right leg caught in a tractor over Memorial Day weekend
She had surgery to fix the gash in her leg and was told to keep weight off of it. But, one week later, Abbie's mother noticed her leg was swelling and turning red. Pictured, left and right: Abbie after her amputation
Abbie's mother, Michelle, said that when her daughter came home from the hospital the first time, she had her leg in a brace and was told to keep weight off of it.
She noticed the swelling while Abbie was playing a PlayStation game in the living room on the morning of June 2.
Metge said she called her neighbor, who is a registered nurse, who told her to put pressure on Abbie's toes and see how long it would take for them to return to their normal color.
'It was taking about 10 seconds,' Metge said.
Metge took Abbie to their local hospital in Afton, where she was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, a rare bacterial infection that quickly kills surrounding tissue.
The exact cause of the infection is unknown, but it can enter the body through the tiniest cut or scrape in the skin.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 700 and 1,200 cases occur in the US each year.
Early symptoms include a red or swollen area of the skin and severe pain. Later symptoms can