MEMPHIS, Tenn. ̵
The victim's family said they knew some bacteria could infect with open wounds and cuts, but they had no idea that his weakened immune system could have changed that, too. He is in danger.
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"We would never have left my father in the water if we had known he should not be there – If it would be so easy for him to catch something," said Cheryl Wiygul, the victim's daughter.
Wiygul told FOX13 that her parents visited Destin Beach in Florida last week.
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Less than 12 hours later, Wiygul said her dad started to get sick. At first she thought it was related to his cancer treatment.
However, when he returned to Memphis, there was a large black wound on his back. Then red lumps formed on his arms and legs.
"(It was something we had not seen before, and only a few hours after his arrival to the ICU, he had to be septic and had a cardiac arrest," said Wiygul. "Only within 48 hours, after he was in this water, he was gone. "
According to Wiygul, her father died of bacteria naturally occurring in the Gulf of Mexico, but the carnivorous symptoms are usually very rare.
Wiygul said, however, they have no idea that their weakened immune system would be more likely to be infected by the bacteria.
She shared on Facebook what had happened to her father and now wants more warnings about potential risks Signs on the way to beaches and state parks.
"I do not want to keep people off the beach, I love the beach, my dad loved the beach, that was his darling but it's not worth your while to go there, "said Wiygul. "You may have to schedule a new appointment if you have had a major incision or have undergone surgery, do not go to the beach." At least you can go next year, as my dad will not go next year can. "
An infectious disease specialist told FOX13 this week that these carnivorous bacteria are very rare.
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