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Eight-month-old battles E. coli infection in the spine


by Trinity Gruenberg 

A seemingly mundane spot turned into a serious medical situation for an eight-month-old little girl.

“I noticed a spot on her back that looked infected,” said Mother Emily Korman.

Emily and Ben Korman of Sartell have three adorable children: two boys, Oliver, 4, and Grayson, 2, and daughter Laikyn, who’s eight months old. Emily’s parents are Dale and Denise Olson of Eagle Bend. 

Emily took little Laikyn to her pediatrician on Monday, March 18, who thought the condition was a cyst. The pediatrician put her on antibiotics and referred them to the University of Minnesota to have the cyst removed. The doctor also did a wound culture to see if there was bacteria in the wound.

That Friday, the pediatrician called and revealed the results of the culture and it was E. coli. The bacteria normally lives in the intestines of people and animals and is generally harmless. It is actually an important part of a healthy human intestinal tract. Some E. coli are pathogenic, meaning they can cause illness, either diarrhea or illness, outside of the intestinal tract. 

The antibiotics given to Laikyn would not fight the infection and she required antibiotics via shots. They returned to the clinic where a doctor suggested having an MRI done to see what the exactly was going on under Laikyn’s skin. 

The following day they went to the St. Cloud Hospital to have the MRI done.

“They weren’t sure what was going on. They saw the sinus tract and a mass. That was such  a scary thing,” said Emily.

They were directed to head to the Children’s Hospital in The Cities immediately.

Without hesitation they quickly packed a bag and headed to the hospital.

“At the time, they didn’t know where to send us,” she added.

They went to the ER and Laikyn was evaluated to see what doctors would be best for the situation. Her bloodwork came back fine and due to the mass, a neurologist was called in.

On Sunday morning, Laikyn had to have a lengthy MRI and she had to be sedated and intubated. . . .

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