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MRSA: An Invisible Opponent to Collegiate Athletes
Former Student Athlete, MRSA Survivor
I remember looking out of a hospital window and seeing my college campus on the other side of the highway-- I was supposed to be there, studying for exams and training for my next gymnastics competition -- but instead I was battling a limb-threatening methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. Commonly described as a "superbug," MRSA is a type of bacteria resistant to antibiotics typically used to treat staph infections. This makes these infections particularly difficult to treat. I experienced this first-hand, as I had eight surgeries in 2 weeks, spent one month in the hospital, three months recovering at home, and finally embarked on a six-month journey back to collegiate athletics.
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