Firefighter Loses Leg to Flesh-Eating Virus

Ralphie Lettieri, 26, plans to get a prosthetic leg and return to work.
3:00 | 09/28/12

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A young firefighter is getting ready to leave the hospital today. Two months after he nearly died from bacteria. That ate away at his body for -- the literary it all started with poison ivy. Which left him with open -- follow -- diving at a local -- -- the flesh eating bacteria. Missiles silently lurking and then he began the fight of his life Eyewitness News reporter Lucy Yang has is remarkable story. I -- like a miracle and Ralph -- teary is a miracle he survived being eaten alive and being -- do this now I can. -- -- -- -- What began in July with a simple bump on his left knee quickly morphed into a monstrous nightmare. Called net criticizing fascia ideas flesh eating disease. Within days this strong and healthy 26 year old volunteer firefighter from east -- -- Was in a coma. He was probably as close to death. As as a man could be. Doctors fought valiantly to save his life cutting off pieces of flesh every night. When it became clear the bacterium was winning when -- organs began shutting down surgeons at NASA university medical center had no choice. On August 11 they amputated his leg. He was so ill when we went to surgery that his surgeries were done in his -- After two grueling months and countless surgeries after many dark nights at death's door. This horrible disease is now in the rearview -- -- ralphie will go home to his adoring son and family amazing feeling. I couldn't wait for the -- take -- the teary hasn't months of physical therapy ahead hopefully he'll have a new leg by the new year. Then it's back to the fire house for this lieutenant back to safety partners -- of technology in the prosthetics. I can do. Just read the before I can -- -- -- -- Lucy Yang channel seven Eyewitness News.

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