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Consequently, victims' lung infections festered, entered the bloodstream, and spread to the brain, producing abscesses and neurological problems such as paralysis.
MAGGOTS MAKE THE CUT Three years ago, as Mitchell's foot festered, scalpels and topical medications held sway in wound care.
And then there's the more interesting conflict between the sisters, with the screenplay (credited to Jack Amiel and Michael Begler) sometimes touching on thorny resentments that have festered for years.