Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

My Fight for Life, by Dad Attacked by a STINGRAY

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

My Fight for Life, by Dad Attacked by a STINGRAY

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Holiday dad's five day fight for survival TV star died in similar incident AFATHER has told how he spent five days fighting for his life after he was attacked by a stingray on a dream holiday. Michael Yarwood, 42, was watch-ing dolphins with his two children as they waded up to their waists in the sea in Florida when he felt a stab in his right foot. In excruciating pain, the told has FATHER five spent he how his for fighting days attacked was he after life a on stingray a by Holiday . dream Michael Yarwood, was 42, watchdol- ing his with phins as children two their to up waded they Florida in sea the in waists his in stab a felt he whenfoot. right the pain, excruciating In from engineer electrical electrical engineer from Middleton staggered back to the beach in St Petersburg.

His wife Natalie, 41, poured water on to his heavily-bleeding foot and wrapped it in a towel.

STINGRAY TRAGEDY Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin died after a similar attack They drove back to their hotel but, by the next morning, his foot had swelled to double its usual size.

their to back drove They next the by but, hotel had foot his morning, usual its double to swelled walk-in a at Medics size. tetanus a him gave centre antibi-and injection otics.

Medics at a walk-in centre gave him a tetanus injection and antibiotics.

But Mr Yarwood was taken to Mr But was Yarwoodto taken hospital hospidown after he came down with a fever and uncontrollable shaking.

came he after tal uncontrol-and fever a with swelling The shaking. lable leg. his to spread also had The swelling had also spread to his leg. Doctors carried out an MRI scan and told him he had been attacked by a stingray which had stabbed him with a poisonous barb in its tail, causing a fourinch deep wound. He was told he had contracted a potentially-deadly flesheating virus - which thrives in salt water and has already killed 10 people in Florida this year - and he was warned that he could water salt has and killed already in people 10 year this Florida - warned was he and he thatcould lose foot. …

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