Angel Perez enjoying near the river before sunrise and beating around some crabbers on the hunt in New Jersey Matt’s landing. It is said to be the popular spot for the crustaceans that is situated where the Delaware Bay meets the Maurice River.
On 2nd July, in the early morning, he returned home after hauling fresh snagged crabs and something much worse that was not even known to him. But by the 3rd of July, he started to feel that his leg was swollen. Then it slowly turned red and it was easy to see blisters around the area.
Dilena Perez-Dilan, his daughter said, “He had issues with Parkinson's disease already, so we hear complaints like that already. We're used to them,” "But he was like 'this is different.' "
He was taken to an urgent care facility where the doctor took it as a minor bacterial infection at the first glance. However, when he made the second trip to the hospital’s emergency room, things started to get changed. The diagnosed him with the cellulitis. However, it took him a third trip to actually come up with the real problem.
The redness and the migrated blisters to Perez’s other legs changed a lot of things. Doctors started to suspect something fatal ailment due to the symptoms. The potential threat of a flesh-eating bacteria which is known to the medical world as Vibrio was the cause.
The brackish places usually where seas meet the rivers are the usual habitat of the Vibrio. According to the doctors, they found the resident in an open and sore wound on the Perez’s ankle. After three days, the bacteria spread out and started to threaten his limbs and life.
He is now in hospital with 24 hours on call anesthesiologist that is ready for the surgery as soon as it is required. He has family members coming in out of his room in the intensive care unit.
"The bacterium can invade the bloodstream, causing a severe and life-threatening illness with symptoms like fever, chills, decreased blood pressure (septic shock) and blistering skin lesions," "Aggressive attention should be given to the wound site; for patients with wound infections, amputation of the infected limb is sometimes necessary."
Perez-Dilan said, “He's praising God," "And he's saying 'I'm going to fight. I'm going to fight. I'm going to fight.' "
She added, "When I got home one night, it just kind of came out, because it's not like it's a robber that did this to him and you can go, 'Put him in jail,' "I want to blame someone or blame something. But I can't because this is Mother Nature. How can you get mad at a body of water?"