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FLESH EATING VIRUS WAS EATING AWAY HIS LEG. HE TELLS HIS STORY

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Layne Perkins nearly lost his leg to a rare flesh-eating virus

IT SOUNDS like the premise of a horror movie: a flesh-eating virus fiercely and quickly eating away at its victim.

But for one Mount Chalmers man, that nightmare became a reality over nine weeks ago, when he noticed his leg slowly begin to melt away.

In early March, Layne Perkins noticed something was wrong with the bottom of his leg.

However, it wasn’t until he went on holiday at Rainbow Beach at the end of the month that the symptoms suddenly “blew up” and he was left bed-ridden and unable to walk.

“It all started with a red rash on my foot that turned into a bit of a pimple,” Mr Perkins said.

“Then a black spot came up and suddenly within 24 hours I had a half-inch hole eating away at my flesh.

“That’s how aggressive it is. My leg was all eaten out.

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