Man contracts flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing in NJ, may lose limbs

12 July, 2018, 13:54 | Author: Kara Nash
  • New Jersey dad may lose all four limbs from flesh-eating bacteria

A New Jersey father is fighting for his life after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria infection while crabbing at Matt's Landing in Maurice River. Dilena Perez-Dilan says her father Angel Perez is an avid crabber.

In other words, it's a flesh-eating bacterial infection.

"It can be risky and we don't know what we're getting into when we get in there", Perez-Dilan told WPVI. "You can see it spreading from his feet all the way above his kneecap".

Perez' family took him to the Cooper University Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition as doctors now work to save his four limbs, Fox 29 reported. "His forearms are black in color; they have blisters, cuts and sores", she told NJ Advance Media. If he doesn't, they may have to amputate at least three of his limbs.

Doctors have put Perez on antibiotics and are waiting to see if responds. She now has a rash on her leg, and her leg [had] painful swelling, ' Perez-Dilan said. Perez can still breath on his own and communicate with his family. But the symptoms got worse.


State and county officials have acknowledged that Vibrio bacteria "is not uncommon for the waters" but can not do much aside from advising people to stay out of brackish water, according to NJ Advance Media.

'He's been praising God nonstop.

She told WPVI that she wants people to know that "as much as we need water, it can be poisonous". Vibrio usually infects a person who eats raw or undercooked shellfish but can also sicken a person who has an open wound in salt water. "I think our spirituality, our religion, has been allowing us to get through without going into a chaotic mess". "That's why they do use boots - people use boots and covers to protect themselves", Perez-Dilan told WPVI. Mr. Perez has Parkinson's disease, so he is at a greater risk for problems.

Representatives from the Cumberland County Department of Health could not immediately be reached by TIME for comment, but told NJ.com that this type of bacteria is known to exist in waters in New Jersey, especially in summertime.

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