Teen, 15, dies after rare black fungus infection in tooth spreads through body

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    A teenage girl, who contracted a rare "black fungus" infection in a tooth, died after it spread throughout her head.

    Allison Yamileth, 15, eventually passed away after suffering organ failure with doctors having considered removing an eye and part of her face in an effort to save her, the Daily Mirror reports.

    She had initially been diagnosed with the potentially deadly condition, which is also referred to as mucormycosis, at Tampico General Hospital in Tamaulipas State, Mexico, earlier this month.

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    Allison was also suffering from a complication of diabetes that is caused by increased levels of a chemical called ketones in the blood and known as diabetic ketoacidosis.

    Local media reported on the heartbreaking story after the family had tried to raise the money needed to buy medicines that cost more than £350.

    The girl’s mother Karen Hidalgo and grandmother Maria Isabel Rodriguez said she was hospitalised on November 5.

    Doctors identified her condition as serious because of her diabetic ketoacidosis, which she was diagnosed with three years ago.

    In May 2021, mucormycosis was declared an epidemic during a deadly second wave of Covid-19 in India.

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    It was also previously called zygomycosis and, most commonly, affects the sinuses or the lungs after inhaling fungal spores from the air, but can also occur on the skin after a cut, burn or other type of skin injury.

    Doctors removed part of the young patient’s palate and asked the family for permission to remove part of her face and one eye due to the severity of the disease.

    But her mother said at the time: "We no longer want to. Everything has become complicated because she has diabetes. That's why the fungus advanced quickly. It was an infection in the tooth – that's where the fungus came from."

    In an update this week, local media reported that Allison had passed away, citing complications with diabetic ketoacidosis as the main cause.


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