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Father may lose all four limbs after contracting flesh-eating bacteria in NJ

Angel Perez 60 contracted the disease while crabbing in a New Jersey river according to his daughter Angel Perez 60 contracted the disease while crabbing in a New Jersey river according to his daughter
Celia Hoffman | 11 July, 2018, 19:06

Perez-Dilan says on July 2 her father was crabbing at his favorite spot near Matt's Landing on the river. The next day, he noticed swelling and scratches on his leg, according to WPIX.

Perez was rushed to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, where he was quickly admitted into the intensive care unit.

"The choice is life or limbs and I've heard that multiple times", said Dilena Perez-Dilan, after her 60-year-old father, Angel Perez, contracted the disease while crabbing last week off the Maurice River in Commercial Township.

VNF is referred to as a flesh-eating bacteria because the infection results in tissue damage and death.

Perez-Dilan told NJ Advance Media that her father's infection has spread to his blood and skin, and that his forearms have turned black.

If he doesn't, they may have to amputate all of his limbs.

The bacteria can also be spread through eating raw shellfish. Dilena says doctors blame a bacteria called Vibrio.

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"He is in critical condition", Perez-Dilan told NJ Advance Media.

"Take precaution", Perez-Dilan said.

"Typically when you get an infection like this, it enters through an existing wound and can spread throughout the blood stream and then cause other complications such as necrotizing fasciitis, which he unfortunately got", says Megan Sheppard, with the Cumberland County Department of Health.

Doctors have put Perez on antibiotics and are waiting to see if responds.

"It was swelling", she said.

As for Perez, his daughter says he and his family are relying on their faith to guide them through the situation. He's just happy to have a second chance, ' she said. With the prognosis still unknown, the Perez family is praying Angel leaves the hospital with his life and limbs. "Be careful. The water, as much as we need water, it can be poisonous". Mr. Perez has Parkinson's disease, so he is at a greater risk for problems. They can be found in the ocean regardless of water quality, said Larry Hajna, a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

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