LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - A Lake County man said he nearly lost his life and lost
his home after contracting a flesh eating bacteria.
"They told me it was a bacteria flesh
Smith said he thinks the bacteria got into his body through an open wound.
"I felt a sharp pain, I felt it immediately," Smith said.
After a week, Smith said he went to hospital.
“They diagnosed me at the hospital and did immediate surgery,” Smith said.
Smith was later taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center when doctors said they weren’t sure if he’d make it.
"My doctor told me ‘Mr. Smith, you're a lucky man
Smith was in the hospital for seven weeks and has been out of work. He lost the home he was renting and is now living with family.
Smith said he is grateful to be alive and wants others to be aware of the deadly bacteria.
“It’s in our fresh waters, too, so be careful,” Smith said.
Smith said that if all goes well, he will be able to go back to work in about three weeks.