Special Report: MRSA Patient Stories

In part one of our two-part special report we feature voices too often unheard: patients. In this case they are victims, survivors, and family members whose lives have been coldly touched by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, which are now killing more Americans than HIV/AIDS. In part one, we let the patients speak freely, with no attempt to go point-counterpoint with hospitals or medical experts. We will hear from them in part two in our next issue. Health care epidemiologists can point out the obvious caveats and logistical problems to some of the things MRSA activists presume and propose, but there is no medical calculus for the rended heart. These stories will be heard.