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Flesh-eating disease almost takes woman's life

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"Thank God I didn't die. The whole thing just scared me so bad."

Jill Ingles never imagined something she thought was so minor would almost take her life.

A small sore on her inner left thigh became infected. The result, necrotizing fasciitis: a flesh eating disease.

Over the last two weeks, she's endured multiple surgeries and nearly died as a result.

"I was on life support. My family flew here from out of the state. And all my people were here telling me they loved me. And I had no idea that I could've died," Ingles said.

Ingle's friends are rallying behind her and doing everything they can to get her through this difficult time.

Jody Reitano has been friends with ingles for 30 years and said, at the very least, Ingles won't be able to work for six months.

"Anyone that knows her loves her. She always been a very giving, loving, and kind person,” Reitano said. “She would never ask for any sort of help. She would never beg. She doesn't want to be in the spotlight so that's why I’m doing it for her."

Reitano is hoping to get help for her friend at a GoFundMe page and donate what they can.

"She has a long recovery ahead of her. Whether it be more surgeries, rehabilitation. Like I said she is still not out of the woods. She has a lot of medical bills building up," Reitano said.

Reitano knows things could've been worse and said she'll never forget seeing Ingles on a ventilator, struggling for every breath. She said she is grateful she'll have the chance to spend more time with her close friend.

"We both talked and we said no more just bumping into each other. No more calling once in a while. We'll get together more often than what we do," Reitano said.

Ingles vows to pay close attention to even the smallest warning signs her body may give her and is determined to enjoy every moment of her new lease on life.

"I'm just going to thank God every day for all the wonderful things in my life and I want to live to the fullest," Ingles said.

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