A beloved Houston daycare teacher is readjusting to a new life after his foot was amputated due to a flesh-eating bacteria.
Raul Reyes, 26, went to a clinic for a blister on his foot where he learned it was actually a flesh-eating bacteria. He was then hospitalized on Feb. 23.
Reye’s wife, Joseline Reyes, told Chron.com that due to the nature of the infection, doctors had no choice but to amputate his foot to stop it from spreading through his bloodstream and potentially killing him.
“[Raul] hurt his foot at work, so he thought the swollenness was due to the injury. After a few days, it was still swollen and he has a blister on his foot, which he thought was caused by his shoe,” Reyes’ wife told Chron.com. “He woke up the next day and the blister was covering his entire foot so he went to the clinic, where they told him to get to the emergency room immediately.”
An orthopedic surgeon at Ben Taub took some X-rays and determined that an emergency surgery had to be performed.
“The surgeon came to me and told me that they were going to take him up to surgery because they have to check how [his foot] looked inside. They said that there was a chance that they may have to amputate, but they were going to try their hardest not to,” said Reyes. “Thirty minutes pass and I see the doctor come out. She tells me that she tried to get as much bacteria out but that they had to amputate his foot in order to save his life.”
This flesh-eating bacteria is usually found in brackish waters. Doctors believe he contracted the infection through an open wound from an ingrown toenail. Reyes is not sure where her husband would have caught the infection.
After mourning the loss of his foot, Reyes said her husband is determined to get his life back on track.
“He is very eager to start therapy for a prosthetic. He tells me that he’s not letting anything stop him from advancing,” Reyes said.
Reyes told Chron.com they are not sure when her husband will be able to leave the hospital, but their attitude towards recovery remains positive.
“He’s improving more every day,” said Reyes. “He just really wants to get back to work and go back to a normal life.”
The family has sent up a GoFundMe account to raise money to pay for a prosthetic so Reyes can get back to his normal, happy life as soon as possible.