Did you know eating raw oysters or even sushi could put you in grave danger? Well, Dr. Terry Simpson, MD, described a situation where a young man’s leg was infected so badly that amputation seemed to be the only answer.
The doctor warns about the flesh-eating bacteria
In his viral video, the doctor shared why he no longer eats raw oysters. He says, “I got called down by an orthopedic surgeon to see a patient. who had had a below-knee amputation” due to “severe gangrene.” One look at the CT scan and the doctor saw something he wished he hadn’t.
The flesh-eating bacteria does not joke around
The doctor showed the CT and pointed out, “Between the muscles are air pockets.” The doctor said they should not be there, and continued, “That indicates there is a bacteria in the area producing air and eating away.” The doctor said this was a classic example of flesh-eating bacteria.
The doctor meets the patient
Dr. Simpson met the patient and recognized the signs of the flesh-eating bacteria. It was going all the way up the young man’s waist.
Race to save the rest of the young man’s leg
The doctor took the man into surgery, “where we filleted him open from that stump to his waist.” The doctor and his team cleaned off the bottom of his stump and then took the young man to the hyperbaric chamber.
The long road to recovery
The young man was now on antibiotics, and every day for a month, “I would bring him to the operating room, opening more, cleaning out more dead fascia, dead muscle, trying to get ahead of the infection.” Then the man would go into a hyperbaric chamber and continue with multiple antibiotics.
The team finally made it
The doctor and his team finally got ahead of the infection and closed up the man, and it was one of the happiest days in the doctor’s life.
The doctor and the man meet again
A year later, the man got into the doctor’s office. He did not recognize him initially but thanked him for saving his life. The doctor then revealed what caused this awful, life-threatening condition.
Meet Vibrio vulnificus
Vibrio vulnificus is a rare bacteria found in warm oceans. Typically, “people get it when they eat raw oysters, sushi, or something from those warm waters.”
The man ate a raw oyster that ate him
The doctor said that hurricanes in Florida might bring these infected creatures, but “in this case, it was the sea of California, just south of Arizona.”
The man was out with his friends, and as the doctor says, “he had gone out with his friends, and they had raw oysters.”
The doctor’s pun
He added, “It turns out the raw oysters ate him!” The doctor added another pun. When a TikTok user wrote, “I love raw oysters!”, he replied, “And they will love you!”
Commentators were impressed
Many were terrified but loved how the doctor talked about a rare infection. One person even shared not to eat oysters in a month without the letter R.
Some were curious
People asked the doctor how others who ate with the young man did not get infected. The doctor replied, “Bad luck for him and good luck for them.”
It is not as simple as food poisoning
He added it was not like food poisoning, where everyone gets sick.
The CDC recommends not eating raw or undercooked shellfish and avoiding contact with salt or brackish water if they have open wounds.
Cook your oysters!
Cooking oysters properly can kill Vibrio bacteria, which has no smell or taste, so it all goes down to luck. How do you feel about oysters after these jaw-dropping revelations?
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