Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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BRYAN CO., GA (WTOC) -
A Bryan County man is in critical condition after his family says a flesh-eating bacteria infected his arm after he went fishing in the Ogeechee River.
Joseph Allen was on a fishing trip Tuesday in the Ogeechee River, when something went wrong with his boat.
WTOC spoke to the man's family as they sent out a warning to the public.
"He had to get out of his boat and he actually went in over his head. He actually had a sore on the side of his right arm about the size of a post-it stamp. When he got out of the water, he couldn't stand up. We called EMS to check him out. They said he could go home. He was just exhausted," said Braxton Jeffers, brother in law.
The next day, Allen began to run a 104 degree fever.
"The arm that had the little cut on it was now purple from the wrist to the shoulder. The sore was the size of a $1 bill, and it was swollen. They told his wife, 'You have one of two diseases, and both of them are flesh eating,'" said Jeffers.
"My husband is very active. He is a mechanic. He takes care of everything at our home, and now he is going to be incapacitated in ICU a week and the hospital for four weeks. I am asking the public to be aware of where your children are. Let's try to get the Savannah Riverkeeper, the EPA, and government; someone involved that will clear up this river," said Gladys Allen.
"He came close to losing his life; now his arm; and this disease is in the Ogeechee River, according to the doctor. There are people swimming in this river; eating the fish out of this river," said Jeffers.
"This is a river-born disease. It is Necrotizing Fasciitis. It spread so rapidly," Allen said.
"It can be a very minor
cut that gets exposed to a dirty area, or you already have some bacteria on
your skin and that small cut between that wonderful barrier that we have
between the inside of our body and the outside of our body is call skin, and a
very minor injury can develop a much deeper infection, and that's when the
emergency occurs," said infectious disease doctor Dr. Richard Roth, M.D.
Infectious disease doctors
like Roth say necrotizing fasciitis, commonly described as the flesh eating
bacteria, is a skin infection caused by a variety of different bacteria and can
be picked up almost anywhere, like dirty water or contaminated surfaces. The
open wound, like a cut or a dog bite, is how the bacteria gets into your skin
causing almost immediate symptoms.
high fever, pain at the area, especially if you're a compromised host like a
diabetic, liver disease, a transplant patient someone requiring immunosuppressive,
these types of patients should see emergency helps very quickly," said
While necrotizing fascitis is
rare and not contagious, this is at least the third case reported on in Georgia
in the last few years. About two years ago a Bryan County firefighter died from
it, and Georgia woman lost several body parts to the disease after a zip line
It's a harsh reality that, in
many cases, may be the only solution to stopping the infection.
"There are only about
three of four surgical emergencies in infectious diseases, and one of those is
necrotizing fasciitis, and it progresses in hours," said Roth. "It's not
something where you wait for it until tomorrow."
The family just hopes something will be done to warn others of the possible dangers lurking in the Ogeechee River.
Allen will remain in ICU for the next week and will have to undergo skin grafts and therapy for the next few weeks in the hospital.
Doctors had to remove the majority of the flesh from Allen's arm to prevent the infection from spreading.
The Health Dept. said the best
way to prevent this is to clean and cover wounds and don't swim if you do have
an open wound.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>