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Antibiotic fights MRSA in kids
San Diego Union-Tribune

When Zey Leomo boarded a plane in Saipan on May 3, the infection in his left lung was so severe that he had to travel wearing an oxygen mask, hooked up to an intravenous line and accompanied by a nurse and a respiratory therapist. An X-ray showed that rapidly multiplying staphylococcus bacteria had penetrated the defenses of the 11-month-old’s immune system, creating a buildup of pus that partially collapsed his lung and entered the central cavity of his chest, surrounding his heart and threatening its ability to keep beating. Doctors determined that Zey would need lifesaving care 6,000 miles away at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.