Friday, August 19, 2016

12-year-old Detroiter loses leg to flesh eating bacteria

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 1:17 PM

Bacteria is everywhere and it's inevitable (and usually not deadly), but when those microorganisms begin to eat away at flesh, it causes panic.



This is the case with what happened to week ago to Dakarai Moore Jr. who contracted Necrotizing Fasciitis, a bacteria that kills the skin cells and tissue of a human body and can be fatal if not treated properly.


The boy's mother told Fox 2 that he'd been complaining that his legs were hurting, and "there was a really tight feeling and his knees were kind of puffy."

He also developed a greenish-colored rash on the soles of his feet and his mother, Charmaine Norman, rushed him to Detroit Children's Hospital of Michigan. 

Medical personnel said they don't know how he contracted the bacteria, though it could have been through a small cut. In order to prevent the bacteria from spreading to the rest of his body, doctors needed to amputate the child's left leg. 

“That's the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life today: sign the papers to get his left leg amputated," Dakarai’s father told Fox 2 Detroit


Over the past few days, the news has updated saying that Dakarai’s case of Necrotizing Fasciitis has been tamed, but it isn’t the end of the issue for this family. The medical bills are sky-high for this family, and they proceed by creating a fund to help pay for these expenses.

Tags: , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 16, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation