A piece of the cycle handle had gouged in his thigh and blood was soaking his jeans.
So the parents took him to an emergency room (ER) nearby Pendleton where he received a couple of minor stitches.
‘Liam Flanagan, an 8-year old boy from Oregon fell from his cycle on January 13, 2018 and got infected with flesh-eating bacteria. Despite amputation of infected tissues and other treatments, Liam died on January 21, 2018.’
It didn't seem like anything was wrong but the pain aggravated over the next few days. His parents immediately took him to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton where their worse fear began to unfold.
The soil that Liam had come in contact with has flesh-eating bacteria known as "Necrotizing fasciitis
" (NF). Doctors believe that the bacteria entered Liam's body from the soil through the wound.
Doctors tried to save his life by amputating parts of his body. They kept cutting and have removed muscles from his ankle to his armpit as the infection was spreading rapidly.
"Almost his whole right side was gone. They were cutting and hoping. Cutting and hoping." said Liam's mother.
On Sunday, doctors hoped to get help from another team and moved Liam to another hospital - Randall Children's Hospital. Liam died that night.
Necrotizing fasciitis (NF), commonly called flesh-eating disease is a serious infection that destroys tissues under the skin. Infection occurs when bacteria enters through a wound or opening in the skin. Symptoms include pain, discoloration of the skin, swollen tissues, blisters, and there may be a discharge of fluid from the wound site. In some cases, diarrhea and vomiting may also be present.
It may be treated with IV antibiotics and surgical removal of infected tissues.