‘Penicillin Girl’ Dies At 82

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Genean Hixon, whose breakthrough treatment with penicillin at age 12 during
World War II led to modern medical practices, died March 1 two days short of
her 83rd birthday, the Denver Post reported.

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Hixon died of liver cancer, which was diagnosed in December.
Hixon was hospitalized on July 24, 1943, with severe osteomyelitis — a bone
disease that at the time was seemingly incurable and potentially fatal. She
became one of the first American civilians to be treated with a
“mysterious miracle drug” – known now as penicillin — and the Denver
Post reported on her treatment in a series of articles.

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Hixon’s obit said that she received fan mail and, once, a bouquet of roses
from an unknown soldier during the penicillin treatment, “which drew hopeful
eyes from around the globe.”

She is survived by her husband, four children, 11 grandchildren and 11
Genean Smith was 12 when she became known as Denver’s “Penicillin
Girl,” treated with the drug while afflicted with progressive
osteomyelitis in her right hip, one of the first to be treated with the newly
developed antibiotic. (Denver Post file).

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chiboy okere

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its sad to live with pains right from childhood…..rest now dear. 081382397

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