A young college wrestler almost lost his left leg after a "bruise" turned out to be a flesh-eating bacterial disease.
Peyton Robb collapsed, vomited, and was left shaking after he shrugged off "feeling uncomfortable" at a wrestling competition in March.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln wrestler was initially diagnosed with a stomach bug but dismissed it.
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However, Robb's parents became increasingly worried about his condition and promptly sought medical attention at the hospital where the doctors presumed it to be a typical infection.
But his leg progressively exhibited symptoms of redness, swelling, and excruciating pain.
Later a diagnosis revealed that Robb was afflicted with necrotising fasciitis – an uncommon bacterial infection that causes the decay of the flesh.
It is assumed that the infection is through a wrestling mat when he developed a cut or wound during combat which then overwhelmed his immune system.
Robb underwent surgery which worked wonders for him, and was then transferred to a burns unit at CHI Health St Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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He had multiple surgical procedures in a span of two weeks where the doctors diligently excised "black spots" present on his shin.
The medical team resorted to the removal of substantial sections of skin, as well as the underlying fascia and muscle, in order to address the situation.
Over the following six weeks, Robb remained in the medical unit, diligently attending special pressurised chamber sessions five days a week, each lasting two hours and 15 minutes.
These sessions aimed to administer additional oxygen, a therapeutic approach believed to accelerate the recovery process as suggested by medical professionals.
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Robb spoke about the infection to the television station, KCCI: "There were a lot of moments where I was just kind of in pain.
"Sometimes it was just subtle, sometimes a little bit more.
"[But] I just learned to keep that positive outlook in whatever situation you're in, and I think that helped me through the whole thing."
Roy Maurer, a physicians assistant at the hospital, said: "By doing surgery, getting this opened up and kind of cleaned, as well as presenting more oxygen into both the tissue, from that wound being opened, as well as just in the bloodstream, basically helps kind of suppress and helps kill the bacteria in addition to antibiotics."
Since at least 2020, Robb has actively participated in competitive sports, showcasing his skills at the esteemed Big Ten Championships on four occasions and earning two appearances at the National College Athletics Association's (NCAA) wrestling tournaments.
However, during his recent presence at the NCAA championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in March, where he proudly represented the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Cornhuskers, he, unfortunately, fell ill.
A fundraiser post for the wrestler revealed that he showcased incredible resilience by competing in at least two matches despite the bruise on his leg though losing both matches.
The 23-year-old told OHSMagnet: "I kept wrestling because that's just my mindset. I thought I just had a stomach bug or something that was making me feel crumby".
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