Flesh-killing infection costs teen her breast

A teenager who decided to get her breasts pierced for her 18th birthday faces reconstructive surgery after a flesh-destroying infection forced doctors to remove her left breast. Full Story
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none

Portland, IN

#1 Oct 28, 2006
My boyfriends 27 year old daughter had a double mastectomy due to breast cnacer last year...they need to worry this will affect her life...this girl lost her breast due to her own stupidity...I'd be worried about the lack of brains not the breast, be glad she's alive and move forward.
cin

San Francisco, CA

#2 Oct 28, 2006
none wrote:
My boyfriends 27 year old daughter had a double mastectomy due to breast cnacer last year...they need to worry this will affect her life...this girl lost her breast due to her own stupidity...I'd be worried about the lack of brains not the breast, be glad she's alive and move forward.
I think the only mistake the girl made was being a normal teenager, you however are just plain rude and the stupid one... the girl has paid enough without your slams
Brenda

Streamwood, IL

#3 Oct 28, 2006
Two years ago, a friend of our family's daughter got her tongue pierced. She ended up in the hospital for five weeks--two of those in intensive care-- due to a massive strep infection that began in her tongue. That pierced tongue nearly killed her. Now we hear about this young lady who has lost a breast due to raging infection. I don't believe I'm being rude or spamming anyone when I tell any young person out there to quit putting holes in your body that aren't meant to be there!
Becky

San Francisco, CA

#4 Oct 28, 2006
I am a school nurse and am constantly reminding students that skin is their protective barrier against harmful organisms. This is a very sad example of what can happen when that barrier is broken.
Josie

San Francisco, CA

#5 Oct 28, 2006
You are not a parent or else you are a dumb parent! There is nothing normal about a DIABETIC teen getting a nipple pierced! Pierce an ear maybe even a naval but a nipple is only done for sexual reasons. This kid should be deciding on a post high school career, collage or trade school!
cin wrote:
<quoted text> I think the only mistake the girl made was being a normal teenager, you however are just plain rude and the stupid one... the girl has paid enough without your slams
Just Me

United States

#6 Oct 28, 2006
Did you ever try telling an 18 year old what they could and could not do? In this case, the lesson was a tough one. Her parents' role was in teaching her decision making skills while she was growing up so when she comes to a fork in the road like should 'I pierce my nipple?', she makes an informed decision.

I happen to agree that piercing body parts in this manner is stupid, but I wouldn't wish this upon anyone, stupid or not.
Barbara

Coal City, IN

#7 Oct 28, 2006
What was the reason for putting the poor girl's name in the story?
That being said, ya can't cure "stupid".
My opinion

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Oct 28, 2006
This is so sad for this poor young girl. I am guessing that she had no idea that such a thing could occur, afterall they did say it was only the third documented case of this bacteria on the breast causing removal. We are all young and all do silly things. This girl unfourtunatley had a horrible consequence. I am guessing her parents didn;t know or didn't realize the cosequences either. This does bring the importance of educating young people who are of age, of seeking a proffesional licesenced facitily for peirceing's and tattoo's with MRSA on the rise, and now this it cannot be reinfroced more. Especially when dealing with area's as sensitve as the breast.
Kelly

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Oct 28, 2006
Here's the thing, we all make mistakes. We are only human. I know at 18 I made my own mistakes, as everyone else of that age has, and will continue to do as well. Humans are not perfect, contrary to what some might like to believe.

Just because we are able to leave comments about the story here, does not mean we have the right to criticise this poor girl. She has paid an ultimate price for her mistake, I believe her humiliation should end there.

What we should instead be talking about, are these peircing parlors. Are they following procedure EVERY time they do a new piercing. Is everything clean and sterile. Maybe would should instead be focusing, on how we can make this more safe for those who will inevitably make the decision to pierce.
DO in Indy

United States

#10 Oct 28, 2006
cin wrote:
<quoted text> I think the only mistake the girl made was being a normal teenager, you however are just plain rude and the stupid one... the girl has paid enough without your slams
Not! NORMAL!
S Moore

Kurtz, IN

#11 Oct 28, 2006
You are correct---it is not just a breast to an 18 year nor a 20 year old or even a senior citizen--------however
she is alive with apparently a good prognosis ( other than the upcoming surgeries)-----I hope that she and anyone that knows of her plight says----say your prayers of thanks and offer whatever they can in helping her get through this trauma
Sqeeze

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Oct 28, 2006
She didn't loose her breast due to an infection. She lost it because she made the concious decision to have her nipples pierced.

When you make decisions, you must accept the consequences whether good or bad.

Piercing the skin with anything under any circumstances involves a significant risk of infection.

People can contract infections even in operating rooms let alone some "body art" shack.

It sucks, but that's life. Pick up and move on. Learn from it.
Katy

Washington, DC

#13 Oct 28, 2006
I think this is a private matter for this girl and her family and I am embarrassed for them for this to be in the Indianapolis newspaper for complete strangers to be discussing the reasons she got her nipples pierced. People love a "good story" but I don't think this one should have been in the paper expecially with her name in it. PEACE
x-editor

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Oct 28, 2006
I think men everywhere should shed a tear for the lost boobie.. there are less and less real ones around to appreciate.
That being said - pierced nipples are the HAWT!
Katy

Washington, DC

#15 Oct 28, 2006
x-editor wrote:
I think men everywhere should shed a tear for the lost boobie.. there are less and less real ones around to appreciate.
That being said - pierced nipples are the HAWT!
pig
none

Portland, IN

#16 Oct 28, 2006
Off course it should be in the paper, although it didn't have to mention the girls name, it is a starting point for a discussion parents should be having with their kids...take the nurses point your skin is a barrier against infection, take the posters position about extra health concerns for diabetics, take the position that we need to respect our bodies, and our gender and hold our selves in high esteem, even use the perverts opinion that piercing is HAWT, who needs to attract a pig, find a real man who will love you for more then your abiltiy to be a sex partner. Start talkin to your kids, even if they are 18, it might just work. Step up to the plate and be a parent. I'm a high school teacher in the hood and more parents need to take responsibility for raising their kids even if they are 18, and stop the big cop out.
x-editor

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Oct 29, 2006
Katy wrote:
<quoted text>
pig
oink oink (call me!)
Denise

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Oct 29, 2006
I am always telling my teenage daughter that this kind of infection is possible. Teens have the ability to do self piercings and I believe it is very dangerous to them.
Joe

Carmel, IN

#19 Oct 29, 2006
Being someone who has piercings and knows alot about these kind of things, the risks and aftercare techniques, this girl should have went to the place she got pierced or a doctor at the first sign of trouble. It does'nt take much to follow aftercare which usually is sea salt soaks twice a day and cleaning with a good antibacterial soap. It's a pretty basic and common piercing which lots of people have and keep for years without many problems if any at all. I do feel bad that she had to have a breast removed because of this but on the other hand I don't because she knew her suseptibility to infections and she should have followed proper aftercare...it's her fault
BOBBY

Ames, IA

#20 Oct 30, 2006
I believe that the family has a right when entering the hospital to sign a form saying they want this kept from the press. My thought is they want young people everywhere to learn from this mistake. The consequences of decisions made at a young age can affect your entire life. It is sad, it just plain sucks and I am a guy in college agreeing that x-editor is a pig. GROW UP.

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