No antibiotics worked, so this woman turned to a natural enemy of bacteria to save her husband's life

Steffanie Strathdee, an infectious disease epidemiologist, was clutching her dying husband's hand as she watched him succumb to a lethal superbug infection in February 2016.

Doctors had just informed her that her husband, Tom Patterson, was too ill with bacteria to survive after months of ups and downs.

And I had this chat with my loved one that nobody ever wants to have, Strathdee recently said in front of a crowd at Life Itself.

What she did next may arguably be considered miraculous.

First, Strathdee discovered an unconventional therapy that held out some promise: battling superbugs with phages, viruses designed by nature to consume bacteria.

She then persuaded phage researchers around the nation to comb through molecular haystacks made up of sewage, bogs, ponds, the bilge of boats, and other ideal habitats for bacteria and their viral foes.

Finding the few, highly special phages that can combat a particular strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that is actually eating her husband alive was the impossible task.

The US Food and Drug Administration had to approve this untested concoction of optimism after which experts had to purify it to make sure it wasn't lethal.