BUDA, Texas (KXAN) — A Buda man is home recovering after fighting a flesh-eating bacteria infection that threatened to take his foot.
Adrian Ruiz came home from a Father’s Day fishing trip in Port Aransas with his family to discover a rash developing on his leg. In a matter of days, Ruiz’ rash became much worse. Doctors diagnosed him with Virbio Vulnificus, a bacteria that lurks in warm waters.
“Once the doctor looked at his foot, he said ‘I think this is cellulitis, but I know you have been in the beach water. I’m not trying to alarm you or scare you but there has been flesh-eating bacteria reported in Galveston,’” said Adrian’s wife La Shelle Ruiz.
Initially, doctors feared the infection could lead to the amputation of his foot. Ruiz’ wife says things improved for her husband after doctors removed all the skin from her husband’s leg.
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.
The area where Ruiz potentially caught the infection is possibly linked to another case of flesh-eating bacteria. Houston’s KTRK reports a Lake Jackson man is in critical condition after his family says he contracted a flesh-eating bacteria while fishing at Aransas Pass last week.
The flesh-eating Virbio bacteria is common during the summer months. It is transmitted through uncooked shellfish or while swimming in the ocean with an open cut or wound.