A Decatur woman who was battling a rare bacterial infection has died.
Hannah Rinehart had been at Northside Hospital since early July. The three-time cancer survivor had her hands and feet amputated in a life-saving measure after suffering from septic shock as a result of a capnocytophaga bacterial infection.
Her husband, Mark Rinehart, penned a Facebook status Wednesday morning about her passing.
“At exactly 0415 this morning, Hannah Johnson Rinehart went to be with the Lord. She is celebrating, and I am thankful for God allowing me to have the privilege of being her husband while she was here on this Earth. Family was present, and when Hannah was ready to go, she left quickly,” Mark Rinehart wrote.
According to the Facebook page, Hannah Rinehart was listed in critical condition on Tuesday.
Hannah Rinehart’s story made headlines as her husband worked to try to change Gwinnett County Schools’ leave policy.
His co-workers offered to donate their leave time to him so he could be by his wife’s side during treatment for the infection, but the school district said it did not plan to bend its policy banning the practice.
In late August, the Rinehart family said Mark Rinehart did return to work, calling it a “difficult, but necessary decision.”
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