Texas man may need leg removed due to dangerous beach bacteria

BUDA, Texas (KXAN) – A man in Texas is fighting an infection from a dangerous beach bacteria, which may cause him to lose his leg.

Adrian Ruiz’s family says they made their way down to the coast to Port Aransas last weekend to spend time some fishing.

On Sunday, Ruiz told his wife he had a headache and noticed a rash developing on his leg. Within a few days, his rash got worse and once he made it to the doctor, they diagnosed him with Vibrio Vulnificus. Vibrio is a dangerous bacteria caused by eating under-cooked shellfish or by entering contaminated water with a cut or open wound.

“At the time, the bacteria had not been reported in Port Aransas,” said Lashelle. He adds that if he knew there was a dangerous bacteria in the water he would not have gone in.

After another 24 hours passed, it was clear to doctors and Adrian’s wife that his condition was worse. “I’m fearful for him possibly losing his leg, I don’t want to think that that is going to happen and I have told him that we are going to be positive,” said Lashelle.

The dangerous beach bacteria is more common during the summer months and is only transmitted through uncooked shellfish or while swimming at the ocean with an open cut or wound. Doctors say they found no cuts on Adrian and that his recovery is beginning to look positive. “He is getting better, he was up and around the room today he is in some discomfort, but swelling is going down. He is looking good,” said Seton Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Fausto Meza.

As for the family, they say vacations from now on will only include freshwater. “We love going to the beach. Just be cautious of this, enter at your own risk,” said Lashelle.

The family is asking for the public’s help as they now deal with a large amount of medical expenses and have set up a donation page on YouCaring.org.

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