What You Should Know About C. Diff and Fecal Transplants
With C. difficile, death can happen unexpectedly and quickly. That was the case with Peggy Lillis, a 56-year-old Brooklyn kindergarten teacher whose death inspired her children, Christian and Liam, to launch the Peggy Lillis Foundation, a national leader in C. difficile education and advocacy.
After a routine root canal followed by standard antibiotic treatment, Peggy developed diarrhea and eventually a massive infection that resulted in septic shock. Because the antibiotics had compromised her microbiome, she had developed C. diff. About 29,000 patients per year die within 30 days of the initial diagnosis of C. difficile from related illnesses. About 500,000 people develop C. diff infections on any given year.