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Carnivorous bacteria nearly kill Pinellas County man – Story

OZONA, Fla. (FOX 13) – Fisherman Mike Walton is home from the hospital and breastfeeding a nasty wound after he almost lost his life on carnivorous bacteria. It started with a minor accident a few weeks ago, when fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, near Ozona, Florida. "I had hooked my hand in the afternoon and didn't think about it," Walton said. "It was amazing how fast it spread." Small blisters on the hands later became black. After a couple of days he knew antibiotics that a doctor gave him did not work, so he drove to the emergency room in the middle of the night. "They acknowledged me just outside the site and got me surgery one hour or a half or so," he said. Continue reading below Walton says doctors said he had a very rare carnivorous bacterium. "When I woke up and [saw] my hand still fell, I was happy," he said. However, this was much more serious than just his hand, or arm. 1 9659002] "They said in a few hours that it would have gone up my arm in my chest and I wouldn't have been here. There was nothing to save me, Walton said. He is now at home after three operations and one week at the hospital. Walton is a construction worker, now out of work. That's where his fishing friends in Ozona Fish Camp come in. Eric Mclendon says they are getting money online and holding tournaments to benefit their friend. "Everyone…

– Fisherman Mike Walton is home from the hospital and breastfeeding a nasty wound after he almost lost his life on carnivorous bacteria.

It started with a minor accident a few weeks ago, when fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, near Ozona, Florida.

“I had hooked my hand in the afternoon and didn’t think about it,” Walton said. “It was amazing how fast it spread.”

Small blisters on the hands later became black. After a couple of days he knew antibiotics that a doctor gave him did not work, so he drove to the emergency room in the middle of the night.

“They acknowledged me just outside the site and got me surgery one hour or a half or so,” he said.

Continue reading below

Walton says doctors said he had a very rare carnivorous bacterium.

“When I woke up and [saw] my hand still fell, I was happy,” he said.

However, this was much more serious than just his hand, or arm.

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9659002] “They said in a few hours that it would have gone up my arm in my chest and I wouldn’t have been here. There was nothing to save me, Walton said.

He is now at home after three operations and one week at the hospital.

Walton is a construction worker, now out of work. That’s where his fishing friends in Ozona Fish Camp come in.

Eric Mclendon says they are getting money online and holding tournaments to benefit their friend.

“Everyone has contributed, everyone has settled in, everyone has been wanting to help him. I mean, he helps everyone! It’s just the kind of person he is,” Mclendon told FOX 13 Monday.

Mike says he is lucky to have such great friends and even happier to live.

“I’m just happy to be here” Walton said. “I can’t wait to go back to the fishing that won’t lie about it! “

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