Australia: How a tiny cut suffered in a Fiji pool turned a family's dream holiday into a nightmare - as father, 45, fights for life with disease that kills one in four people who get it - PressFrom - Australia
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AustraliaHow a tiny cut suffered in a Fiji pool turned a family's dream holiday into a nightmare - as father, 45, fights for life with disease that kills one in four people who get it

23:02  11 july  2019
23:02  11 july  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A father was left fighting for his life after contracting a deadly flesh-eating bacteria while on holiday in Fiji.

How a tiny cut suffered in a Fiji pool turned a family's dream holiday into a nightmare - as father, 45, fights for life with disease that kills one in four people who get it© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Adrian Nandapi, 45 (pictured with family), scratched his leg while at a hotel swimming pool and by the next day had noticed swelling around the area Adrian Nandapi, 45, scratched his leg while at a hotel swimming pool and by the next day had noticed swelling around the area.

Once the family returned back to Australia Mr Nandapi was having trouble walking.

He remembered knocking his shin on a step near the pool area of the hotel but thought nothing of it.

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A few days later he was lying in a coma barely alive, having gone into septic shock.

How a tiny cut suffered in a Fiji pool turned a family's dream holiday into a nightmare - as father, 45, fights for life with disease that kills one in four people who get it© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'Surgeons determined I suffered Necrotizing Fascitiis, a proven fatal bacterial infection,' he wrote

Doctors assessed that bacteria had got into the cut in his leg either from the water in the pool, the beach, or the garden of the hotel.

Mr Nandapi shared the shocking experience in a Facebook post.

'In ICU, the [doctors] informed my family that [doctors] and surgeons determined I suffered Necrotizing Fascitiis, a proven fatal bacterial infection,' he wrote.

'This has a high mortality rate with one in every four patients not surviving. [Doctors] were not expecting me to come out of ICU. My level of fitness and good health started the fight back.'

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After months of recovery multiple surgeries including skin grafts, doctors were able to save Mr Nandapi's life and his leg.

How a tiny cut suffered in a Fiji pool turned a family's dream holiday into a nightmare - as father, 45, fights for life with disease that kills one in four people who get it© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited After months of recovery multiple surgeries including skin grafts, doctors were able to save Mr Nandapi's life and his leg

The scars from his ordeal are clearly visible with the flash-eating bacteria causing the loss of a large part of his thigh muscle.

'I am alive today due to the passionate, empathetic and the outstanding professionalism shown to my family and I by the wonderful medical team at the Northern Hospital in Epping.' Mr Nandapi wrote.

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