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Horrific images show a woman who went to the dentist with toothache but found out her neck was actually being destroyed by a flesh-eating bug.
Mother-of-three Madelein Carelse, 42, was given the shocking news when she went to a dentist in Vereeniging, in South Africa's north-eastern Gauteng province.
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Ms Carelse said the pain had started days earlier which had prompted an initial visit to a different dentist in her home city of Vanderbijlpark, who gave her antibiotics.
But a few days later the throbbing worsened and she was struggling to breathe, with the area under her jaw starting to go black.
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Her husband took her to another dentist, this time in Vereeniging, where she was told: 'Something is seriously wrong.'
He said she had fallen victim to necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating bug that eats away at the soft tissue of the body and spreads rapidly.
Cases - Year - US
It is extremely rare and sees around 1,000 cases a year in the US.
To save her life, doctors at Sebokeng Hospital in Vanderbijlpark had to...
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