E. Patchogue Firefighter Battling Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Ralph Lettieri, 26, has had six surgeries in three days, reports Eyewitness News.

An East Patchogue fire department member is reported to be in a medically induced coma while fighting off a deadly bacteria that is eating him alive.

Ralph Lettieri Jr., 26, was admitted Sunday to for necrotizing fasciitis flesh eating bacteria, reports WABC-TV's Eyewitness News.

His father, Ralph Lettieri Sr., told Eyewitness News that his son underwent six surgeries in three days, and that doctors were forced to remove more of his skin and flesh to stay ahead of the bacteria.

Lettieri Jr.'s leg is now reportedly completely exposed, he has double pneumonia in his lungs and has been put in a medically induced coma Tuesday.

The family does not know how Lettieri Jr. contracted the disease, which is reportedly fatal in 25 percent of cases.

According to the report, he is transferring to Nassau University Medical Center Wednesday and being put in a hyperbaric chamber.

Patch talked with Lettieri Jr. in , as he had the idea for the 's application to . Lettieri Jr. also has a Youtube channel featuring several fires that the department has battled.

VIA: Firehouse.com

Source: WABC-TV Eyewitness News

Sonia Eddins August 02, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Believe in the power of prayer! And, if we can pray together for Ralphie's recovery, I know that God will hear the strength in all of our voices! Sonia Eddins Holbrook, NY
Jennifer D'Amico August 02, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Prayer is very powerful. I emailed this story to everyone in my address book this morning to pray for him. He will make it!
Denice August 03, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Prayers from the Metzger family.
Carol Weisschadel Greene August 03, 2012 at 01:20 AM
I'm friends with Ralph Lettieri, I've been working closely with his fire Chief and monitoring the FB page and donation page for Ralph. I wanted to pass on the info if anyone may call the station wanting to help or donate. Talking with Chief Tony Citarella, he's been receiving calls from all over the states, Calif., Utah to name a few. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Help-Long-Island-Firefighter-thats-contracted-a-Flesh-Eating-Bacteria/264268873683013 Donation page: http://www.gofundme.com/MAYDAYforRalphLettieri Thank you for helping us get the story out about Ralph. Sincerely, Carol Greene
Country Kitchen August 24, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Prayer is the best medicine. Country Kitchen will be holding a fundraiser on 9/12. Everyone invited. We'll be donating 10% of the days sales to Ralph Lettieri, 7am-10pm


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