– 13-year-old boy nicked his hand on his football helmet during practice
– The next morning his mother drove him to hospital as his middle finger started to swell
– Doctors say he would have faced amputation or even death if he didn't act so fast
Young Matthew Flores nicked his hand on his football helmet during practice and within hours he had developed a headache and started throwing up.
The next day, his mother took him to urgent care to get his swollen finger checked out. “The surgeon said that she had never seen anything so bad and she was afraid he was going to lose his finger,” his mother wrote on Facebook.
Experts say the boy contracted group A streptococcus, bacteria that causes relatively mild illnesses like strep throat. However, the bacteria can be serious or even life-threatening if it attacks muscle, fat and skin, when it causes flesh-eating bacteria to spread.
Matthew’s hand that doctors operated on was his dominant hand and it's unclear whether he'll regain use of it. So his football career might be under threat.
After all, luckily he has survived and now will recover.