Tucson teenager Addison Rerecich will be featured on PBS' Frontline at 10 p.m. tonight. The show will take a closer look at the vicious bacterial infection that almost took her life.
The segement, "Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria," will also include an interview with University of Arizona Medical Center infectious disease expert Dr. Sean Elliott.
Addison was a healthy, boisterous 11-year-old in the spring of 2011 when a nagging pain in her hip turned out to be an aggressive bacterial infection. The infection coursed through her body and chewed up her lungs so badly that she needed and received a lung transplant.
Journalist David E. Hoffman is the investigator who takes on the issue in the piece and looks at other cases, including that of American David Ricci who brought home a nasty infection from India, and an outbreak at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center - one of the nation's most prestigious research hospitals - where 19 patients were sickened and seven died.
Here is the trailer: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/hunting-the-nightmare-bacteria/
The Star has done several stories about Addison, including one that ran last Thanskgiving Day : http://azstarnet.com/news/science/health-med-fit/thankful-for-every-day/article_cb7ea13b-20d7-5bd4-97b5-cd37383c2da8.html