- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - An Ocean Springs man remains in the hospital after losing his leg to flesh-eating bacteria more than a week ago.

Gregory Bru Sr. was listed in critical condition Wednesday in the intensive care unit at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, said spokesman Richard Lucas.

Gregory Bru Jr. said his father contracted the life-threatening infection, known as Vibrio vulnificus, while on a fishing trip.

“He’s been fighting a hard battle,” Bru Jr. said. “I hope nobody else goes through this. It’s a very dangerous bacteria.”

Dr. Okechukwu Ekenna, an infectious disease specialist at the hospital, said the bacteria thrives in salty brackish waters, mainly during the summer months.

“We get infected with Vibrio primarily through open skin wounds, cuts, inhaling the water, and eating raw oysters, but mostly through cuts,” Ekenna said.

The doctor said the key to successful treatment is getting to the hospital fast if a person experiences symptoms such as chills, fever, sores, blisters and swelling.

A report from WLOX-TV (https://bit.ly/1bsP6gB ) said Gregory Bru Sr. left from the Ocean Springs Harbor headed to Horn and Chandeleur Islands on April 11. Two days later, he had his left leg amputated just below the knee.

The younger Bru said it’s hard to watch his father suffer.

“It’s gonna be a long road,” he said. “He’s holding strong. It’s in God’s hands.”

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