Wayne has been in a hospital bed since mid-June. His mom Karen has remained by his side.
Karen Atkins, mother: ?To have somebody say, ?Get here immediately,? is a call you don?t want to get.?
Auerbach added that the infection could be deadly if it isn’t treated properly. Doctors believe the bacteria entered Atkins’ body through the blisters.
Atkins was in a coma as doctors worked to stop the flesh-eating bacteria from causing more damage. Antibiotics and surgery successfully removed it in Atkins.
“I definitely have a new appreciation of life after going through this experience, ’cause it’s scary to know that I was so close to death,” Atkins said.