Man contracts flesh-eating bacteria, loses leg after day at the beach
GALVESTON — What began as a day at the beach with his family turned into a nightmare for one Texas man.
Brian Parrott, 50, was at the beach in Galveston, Texas, with his family on Sunday, June 12. He was only in the water for a short period of time, but the next day, Parrott began to feel very ill.
Parrott was rushed to LBJ Hospital in Houston where an emergency surgery removed his right leg from the knee down. He is still being monitored at the hospital as of Tuesday afternoon.
Doctors have said he likely contracted a flesh-eating bacteria through a scratch on his foot.
Necrotizing fasciitis, commonly referred to as a flesh-eating bacteria, is a rare, serious bacterial skin infection that spreads quickly and kills the body's soft tissue, according to the CDC.
The family said there were no warning signs at the beach and felt it was important to share Parrott's story.
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