Flesh Eating Bacteria September 29, 2013Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Health & Wellness, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
Tags: Amputation, Gratitude, Health, Illness, Necrotizing fasciitis
His story’s a bit grim.
He went to the beach for vacation in 2001 and woke up one morning with a sore leg.
By nightfall, he was in a coma.
When he “woke up,” his right leg had been amputated to evict a “flesh-eating bacteria.”
I’ve heard about this sort of thing happening on occasion . . . but usually due to going into the water with an open wound or eating raw seafood.
In this guy’s case, the doctors never found the point of entry.
There’s a warning for parts of Florida right now which recommends against eating raw shellfish or going into the water if you have an open wound.
As if sharks, jellyfish, and sting-rays weren’t enough to worry about while floating about in the waves. It’s enough to keep a body on the beach.
If you’re wondering what to be grateful for tonight, not losing life and limb to flesh eating bacteria might be just the thing.
Aah . . . that’s better!
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