I went to doctors to check out a boil... and was told I was hours from dying with a flesh-eating bug

Basildon Recorder: Del Rudd Del Rudd

A MAN was left fighting for life after a flesh-eating bug began devouring his body.

Del Rudd, 59, of Beresford Road, Southchurch, thought he had a boil on his groin and visited his doctor to get it checked.

To his horror, he discovered he had necrotising fasciitis – a disease that was eating into his body.

Mr Rudd was taken to Southend Hospital for life-saving surgery and was on life support for a week.

His family were told it was touch and go whether he would survive.

Mr Rudd, a housing manager in Southend, is now on the mend after the surgery in October.

He has since learned if he had delayed visiting his GP by one day, he would not have survived.

He said: “I’m a complete whitecoat phobe. I hate going to hospitals, but by the time I was admitted, I was right on the edge.

“Doctors said if I had arrived later, I probably would have died because the disease was consuming my flesh at such a quick rate.

“I feel like I’ve been given another chance. I’m no longer going to take things for granted and I’m going to live a lot more sensibly.”

Necrotising fasciitis is an extremely rare infection of the deep layers of the skin and can develop very rapidly.

Mr Rudd’s wife, Lindsay, 51, son Ben, 25, and daughter Amy, 29, kept a bedside vigil throughout his brush with death.

Mr Rudd added: “My wife thought I had died on the operating table.

“When I woke, I was confused and could hear strange voices, but I made out my son.

“I asked him what the England football score was against Moldova, and asked him when we were playing Poland.

“He told me I had missed both games and I said ‘typical, first time in years England play well and I’ve missed it.” Mr Rudd is wheelchair-bound while he recovers after being discharged from hospital in mid- November.

He praised hospital staff for the care he received on the hospital’s Balmoral Ward.

He said: “The care I received was second to none.

“The nurses were absolutely lovely and I will always appreciate the care I got.’’ Dr Patrick Harnett, who was one of the consultants looking after Mr Rudd, said: “Necrotising fasciitis is caused by a combination of bacteria, so early recognition and treatment are vital.

“I am very pleased to hear Mr Rudd is doing well and on the road to recovery.”

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10:20am Tue 10 Dec 13

Idontknowy says...

How horrendous. Glad to hear he is making a good recovery
How horrendous. Glad to hear he is making a good recovery Idontknowy

11:43am Tue 10 Dec 13

Vange Resident says...

Dont go to Basildon Hospital..... you will end up another failure of a system that rewards failure in the NHS!
Dont go to Basildon Hospital..... you will end up another failure of a system that rewards failure in the NHS! Vange Resident

12:29pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Jb66 says...

Vange Resident wrote:
Dont go to Basildon Hospital..... you will end up another failure of a system that rewards failure in the NHS!
What has this got to do with Basildon Hospital?
[quote][p][bold]Vange Resident[/bold] wrote: Dont go to Basildon Hospital..... you will end up another failure of a system that rewards failure in the NHS![/p][/quote]What has this got to do with Basildon Hospital? Jb66

1:57pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Nelly99 says...

I went to my doctor to complain about a boil. Susan Boil.
I went to my doctor to complain about a boil. Susan Boil. Nelly99

4:37pm Tue 10 Dec 13

jolllyboy says...

How about a well done to that GP - how many others would have spotted it. ?
How about a well done to that GP - how many others would have spotted it. ? jolllyboy

8:54pm Tue 10 Dec 13

ShipShape says...

Vange Resident wrote:
Dont go to Basildon Hospital..... you will end up another failure of a system that rewards failure in the NHS!
So, you spent some time there, did you try to do any thing to help improve the place?
Or did you sit back and gossip about 'What should be done' like most people?
[quote][p][bold]Vange Resident[/bold] wrote: Dont go to Basildon Hospital..... you will end up another failure of a system that rewards failure in the NHS![/p][/quote]So, you spent some time there, did you try to do any thing to help improve the place? Or did you sit back and gossip about 'What should be done' like most people? ShipShape

9:59pm Tue 10 Dec 13

My Britain says...

Praise the NHS
Praise the NHS My Britain

11:50am Wed 11 Dec 13

sansculotte says...

If you had dialled 111 as doctors want ...you would probably be dead by now....so well done !
If you had dialled 111 as doctors want ...you would probably be dead by now....so well done ! sansculotte

2:39pm Wed 11 Dec 13

GeneralGrb says...

Vange Resident wrote:
Dont go to Basildon Hospital..... you will end up another failure of a system that rewards failure in the NHS!
I spent time at Basildon with blood poisoing that was edging me close to the end of my life. Can only say that the treatment I recieved was first class as was that of fellow patients that I saw. Not sure what your comment ha sto do with thsi article though a steh hospital in question is Southend!!
[quote][p][bold]Vange Resident[/bold] wrote: Dont go to Basildon Hospital..... you will end up another failure of a system that rewards failure in the NHS![/p][/quote]I spent time at Basildon with blood poisoing that was edging me close to the end of my life. Can only say that the treatment I recieved was first class as was that of fellow patients that I saw. Not sure what your comment ha sto do with thsi article though a steh hospital in question is Southend!! GeneralGrb

2:39pm Wed 11 Dec 13

GeneralGrb says...

Vange Resident wrote:
Dont go to Basildon Hospital..... you will end up another failure of a system that rewards failure in the NHS!
I spent time at Basildon with blood poisoing that was edging me close to the end of my life. Can only say that the treatment I recieved was first class as was that of fellow patients that I saw. Not sure what your comment ha sto do with thsi article though a steh hospital in question is Southend!!
[quote][p][bold]Vange Resident[/bold] wrote: Dont go to Basildon Hospital..... you will end up another failure of a system that rewards failure in the NHS![/p][/quote]I spent time at Basildon with blood poisoing that was edging me close to the end of my life. Can only say that the treatment I recieved was first class as was that of fellow patients that I saw. Not sure what your comment ha sto do with thsi article though a steh hospital in question is Southend!! GeneralGrb

1:06am Thu 12 Dec 13

smiffy22 says...

Nelly99 wrote:
I went to my doctor to complain about a boil. Susan Boil.
Don't give up the day job.
Smiffy22
[quote][p][bold]Nelly99[/bold] wrote: I went to my doctor to complain about a boil. Susan Boil.[/p][/quote]Don't give up the day job. Smiffy22 smiffy22

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