A father from New Jersey has contracted a flesh-eating bacteria after crabbing in Maurice River at Matt’s Landing. What first began as swelling and pain, has Angel Perez, 60, fighting for his life. Perez has been fighting off the infection since July 2.
Two hours after coming home, blisters began to pop up. Also, his family saw scar tissue developing all over his body. Between the blisters and the scarring, one might think that things couldn’t get worse. However, they did, because then they saw that both of his arms and legs were swelling and changing in color.
Perez’s daughter, Dilena Perez-Dilan, told reporters at ABC 7 that his limbs were turning brown then black. Also, that they were continuing to swell and blister.
According to Fox 29 news, his family brought him to the Cooper University Hospital. Doctors at the hospital list him as being in critical condition. They are working diligently to save the father’s four limbs.
New Jersey Father Now Fighting For Life After Contracting Flesh-Eating Bacteria
You may be asking yourself, what kind of bacteria is behind this man’s condition? Well, doctors believe that he has the bacteria Vibrio. Vibrio is a bacteria that survives in warm waters, also, where the river water meets sea water. Perez has Parkinson’s disease, which makes contracting bacteria such as Vibrio much worst due to his compromised immune system.
According to reports from NJ Advance Media, Perez’s infection is to the point where it is affecting his blood and skin. So much so, that his forearms are now black. His doctors are monitoring his body’s response to antibiotics. If they do not work how they need them too, they will consider amputating his limbs.
Perez’s daughter says that with it being summer, people want to go out and swim and have a good time. However, people need to be mindful of jumping into the water with open wounds. Though most people think water is safe, you don’t know what could be lurking in the water. She says that if you notice that something is wrong, do not hesitate to see your doctor.