Dad nearly dies on holiday after stringray attack caused flesh-eating virus

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A British tourist spent five days fighting for his life when he went swimming in the sea on holiday in Florida and was attacked by a stingray.

Michael Yarwood, 42, was at the beach in St Petersburg with his wife and two children when he felt a stab in his right foot while in the sea.

The excruciating pain left him staggering back to the beach and his wife wrapped his bleeding foot in a towel before they returned to their hotel.

According to the Daily Mail, Michael's foot was double the size by the next morning and he visited a walk-in centre where he was given a tetanus injection and antibiotics.

But Michael came down with a fever and was shaking uncontrollably. He was taken to hospital and doctors said he had been stabbed by a stingray with a poisonous barb in its tail.

Medics added that he had contracted a flesh-eating virus which had already killed 10 people in Florida this year.

The Sun reports that Michael spent five days on a drip in pain.

He managed to pull through and returned to Britain but is now walking with a stick and says he is lucky to be alive.

"I've had a lucky escape to be honest," he said. "I'm here to tell the tale. Maybe somebody else might not have done."

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