Grandfather of two from Florida, 68, believes that carnivorous bacteria have entered through needle wounds

A man from Florida says that analgesic shots he made for his back may have infected him with carnivorous bacteria.

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Mike O & Grady, from Lecanto, made a trip to Apalachicola, in the state of Panhandle, with his wife Kelli at the end of May.

When he got home, he felt some discomfort, but wiped it off. However, just a few weeks later, an abscess-looking mass reported on one of his buttocks ABC Action News.

Grady, 68, went to Citrus Memorial Hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with necrotizing fasciitis, an infection that destroys tissue under the skin.

The grandfather of the two believes that the puncture in his back and butt of the steroid shots is how the bacteria could invade his body.

Mike O & Grady, 68, from Lecanto, Florida, traveled with his wife Kelli to the Panhandle of the state at the end of May. Pictured: O & # 39; Grady when he was fired

Mike O & Grady, 68, from Lecanto, Florida, traveled with his wife Kelli to the Panhandle of the state at the end of May. Pictured: O & # 39; Grady when he was fired

Before the vacation, O & # 39; Grady (photo, home after discharge) visited his doctor's office to receive analgesic shots on his back and buttocks
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Before the vacation, O & # 39; Grady (photo, home after discharge) visited his doctor's office to receive analgesic shots on his back and buttocks

Before the vacation, O & # 39; Grady (photo, home after discharge) visited his doctor's office to receive analgesic shots on his back and buttocks

& # 39; I am very thankful that I live & # 39 ;, O & # 39; Grady, old ABC Action News. & # 39; I can no longer tell you how grateful I am. & # 39;

Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare bacterial infection that quickly kills the surrounding tissue.

The exact cause of the infection is unknown, but it can invade the body through the smallest cut or scrape in the skin.

Before O & Grady went on a trip, he visited his doctor's office to receive analgesic shots on his back and buttocks.

& # 39; It may have come in, probably through this small, small injection site where the steroids were introduced & he said. & # 39; The bacteria came in through those pinhole-type injections. & # 39;

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 700 and 1200 cases occur in the US every year.

Early symptoms include a red or swollen area of ​​the skin and severe pain. Subsequent symptoms can include dizziness, nausea, blisters and skin color change.

The health agency says that rapid diagnosis and treatment is the key to stopping the infection.

This includes antibiotics or surgery when medication cannot reach the already infected tissue.

The CDC says that about 25 to 30 percent of cases of necrotizing fasciitis lead to death every year.

Upon his return, O & Grady felt pain in his back and went to Citrus Memorial Hospital after an abscess-like mass had formed on one of his buttocks. Pictured: O & # 39; Grady in the hospital
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Upon his return, O & Grady felt pain in his back and went to Citrus Memorial Hospital after an abscess-like mass had formed on one of his buttocks. Pictured: O & # 39; Grady in the hospital

He was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, a carnivorous bacterium that destroys tissue under the skin. Pictured: O & # 39; Grady in the hospital

He was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, a carnivorous bacterium that destroys tissue under the skin. Pictured: O & # 39; Grady in the hospital

Upon his return, O & Grady felt pain in his back and went to Citrus Memorial Hospital after an abscess-like mass had formed on one of his buttocks. He was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, a carnivorous bacterium that destroys tissue under the skin. Pictured, left and right: O & # 39; Grady in the hospital. Thanks to WFLA

After about two weeks in the hospital and at least six surgeries, O & # 39; Grady (photo) was fired and allowed to return home

After about two weeks in the hospital and at least six surgeries, O & # 39; Grady (photo) was fired and allowed to return home

After about two weeks in the hospital and at least six surgeries, O & # 39; Grady (photo) was fired and allowed to return home

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O & # 39; Grady had six operations over the course of six days when doctors removed infected skin and tissue from his body.

& # 39; They operated for six consecutive days. Six consecutive days, had operations to make sure they got everything out, & he told ABC Action News.

& # 39; It spread to my pelvis … and they took my digestive system out and inspected it to make sure there was no necrotizing effect and then put everything back in. & # 39;

O & # 39; Grady spent about two weeks in the hospital before being released on July 11.

Doctors say that if he had gone to the hospital later, he would not have survived. Now he says he wants to warn others about the dangers of swimming with an open wound.

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& # 39; It has made me aware of my mortality, that life is precious, & # 39; he said to the station. & # 39; If you are considering swimming and you have a small miniscule cut, think about it again. & # 39;

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