Milledgeville Man Fights Flesh Eating Bacteria
"It's very surreal. I'm quite shocked we're having to deal with this in this area but there's been a lot of news recently of the flesh eating bacteria. Not just in Middle Georgia but when it's hitting this close to home it's a little shocking," says Barry Toon, vacationing with his family on Lake Sinclair.
Paul Bales, a Milledgeville man, was scheduled to have his leg amputated Wednesday because it's infected with the same flesh eating bacteria that has already claimed three other Georgia victims including Aimee Copeland.
According to a neighbor, Bales had created a makeshift platform in order to create an addition on his dock. The neighbor says the injury occurred when Bales tried to remove the makeshift platform. Bales cut leg was submerged in Lake Sinclair.
"Very small cut. Matter of fact he just bandaged it up and then went and played golf for the next couple of days," says Mike Bales, the victims son.
On May 5, Bales went to the Oconee Regional Medical Center. A week later he was sent to the Medical Center of Central Georgia.
"Like, over the last three decades only about 200 cases nationwide. And then all of a sudden we've three or four in the last month," says Mike Bales.
Those are shocking numbers and they have a lot of Milledgeville residents afraid to go in the water.
"My children will be with me this weekend and it makes you think about it. Whether you're going to get into the water or not," says Barry Toon.
"They're saying stay away from the lake. They're saying they ain't going in the lake," says Jonathon Koupke, a Lake Sinclair resident.
"People are scared they'll lose limbs. Everybody in town's scared to go out on the water," says Austin Hunter, a Lake Sinclair resident.
Paul Bales is currently in stable condition at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.