Fisherman contracts flesh-eating bacteria in Rockport


ROCKPORT – A Texas man's leg was amputated after spending weeks in the hospital with a flesh-eating bacteria infection.

The infection originally broke out when James Dough scraped his leg while wading in the ocean while fishing off Corpus Christi. Dough initially thought it was a simple scratch until he was fighting for his life two days later when his heart stopped beating.

Doctors told Dough's wife that unless the leg was amputated below the knee, he didn't have any chance of survival.

The hospital reported that Dough contracted what is called Vibrosis, a flesh-eating bacterium found in salt water. Dough has spent more than two weeks in the intensive care unit.

Doctors have not said when he will be allowed to return home.

This article was contributed by KSAT intern Jacob Schmidt.