MK's Patient Story

A Flesh-Eating Infection is Cured by Hyperbarics, Regenerative Medicine and Reconstruction

MK, a man in his early 50s, was admitted to the Winthrop Wound Healing Center late in the evening for a life-threatening infection in his foot. At midnight, the wound healing team examined him and found he was suffering from progressive chest pain and a previously underlying cardiac abnormality, clearly made worse by the infection in his foot. Although limb amputation was initially recommended as the only way of saving his life, the wound team’s extraordinary group of physicians, working in collaboration with Winthrop cardiologists, were able to manage his heart condition to the point where it could be optimized before he entered the OR. Following his initial debridement and subsequent tissue analysis, it was determined that his foot infection was being cause by a flesh-eating bacteria. To help fight the infection, he was rushed into hyperbaric oxygen therapy. He went on to receive multiple regenerative medicine treatments and underwent surgical reconstruction of the skin on his foot. Today, he is leading a full, active life. 

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