Florida man contracts flesh-eating bacteria after being bitten by RELATIVE while trying to break up a fight at a family reunion
- When Adams was bitten, he tried to get between two quarreling relatives
- A doctor discovered that he was infected with a flesh-eating bacterium
- Surgeons said he might have lost his leg or gone into shock if he hadn’t gone to the emergency room
A Florida man survived an infection with flesh-eating bacteria, which he bizarrely contracted from another man while trying to break up an argument at a family reunion.
Donnie Adams was attending a family event in Tampa Bay in February when two relatives started fighting.
Adams tried to get between them, but one of them bit him before he could stop the fight.
He went straight to the hospital and was given a tetanus shot and antibiotics, but he said it only got worse.
“On the third day my leg hurt a lot. “I couldn’t walk, it was very warm and very painful,” Adams said.
A Florida man survived a flesh-eating bacteria infection he bizarrely contracted from another man while trying to break up an argument at a family reunion
It is said that he eventually returned to the hospital WSAVwhen he received surprising news from the osteopathic doctor Dr. Fritz Brink at HCA Florida.
Brink told Adams that he was suffering from necrotizing fasciitis, better known as flesh-eating bacteria.
The disease enters through a tear in the skin, travels through the muscle sheath, and destroys healthy tissue.
Brink immediately performed surgery to excise the infected tissue in Adams’ thigh, which the doctor said resulted from the bite.
“A human bite is dirtier than a dog bite in terms of the type of bacteria that grows,” Brink said. “Normal bacteria in an abnormal location can be a real problem.”
According to this, about 70 percent of the tissue on the front of Adams’ thigh had to be excised Tampa Bay Times.
“They’re torn between deciding to be as aggressive as possible to stop the spread of infection and leaving enough tissue behind that it doesn’t take two years to heal,” Brink said.
Adams claims that if he hadn’t gone to the emergency room, “there was a good chance I would have lost my leg” or suffered potentially fatal septic shock.
Donnie Adams was attending a family event in Tampa Bay in February when two relatives started fighting
Adams (pictured right) was developed by osteopathic physician Dr. Fritz Brink (pictured left) treated at HCA Florida
Adams no longer has functional problems, but has a nasty, visible scar on his thigh from the surgery
“They examined my wound and it was very horrible,” Adams recalled. ‘It was amazing. But in my head, I just had to get through whatever it was.”
Adams took nearly three weeks to recover in hospital but is in the midst of six months of treatment to fully heal.
He no longer has any functional problems, but has a nasty, visible scar on his thigh from the operation.
However, Adams remained positive about the entire process and owes his recovery to both the doctors and regular prayer and meditation.
“What you’re seeing now, you’re not just seeing a scar, you’re seeing the beauty of the aftermath,” he said.
“I never imagined that something as horrific as a flesh-eating bacterium would evolve from a human bite.”