A woman battling a life-threatening bacterial infection in her colon was cured by a transplant of her mother's fecal matter.
Kaitlin Hunter was recovering from a near-fatal car accident when she contracted an infection in her colon, CNN reports.
The antibiotics doctors put Hunter on after her accident are believed to have weakened healthy bacteria percolating in her colon as well as the infectious kind. With the colon's defenses down, the C. diff infection grew rampant, releasing a toxin and inflaming her colon.
Hunter's mother "donated" one of her stools for the procedure, and the hospital lab carefully diluted it, and pumped the foreign fecal matter right into Hunter's colon.
"This is brand-new for most gastroenterologists," said Dr. Suku George, Hunter's treating physician. "We are very excited about this."
A study published in March reported a 91% cure rate after just one fecal matter transplant, and a 98% cure rate when combined with an additional round of antibiotics.
Following the July procedure, "I've been so happy," said Hunter, 20, of Marietta, Georgia. "I'm cured."