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Rare bacteria costs Moultrie man his arm

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A young man in Moultrie is turning to you for help after suffering from a rare flesh eating bacteria.

Michael Hobgood suffered a cut on his thumb while shooting a gun at an area pond. The condition of the cut continued to grow worse overnight. The opening developed some rare form of flesh eating bacteria called necrotizing fascitis.

Doctors told him he would have a 30 percent chance of living if he chose to keep his arm or an 80 percent chance if he amputated it. He chose the latter but it did come at a hefty cost.

Unfortunately, the family does not have insurance to help pay for all the medical expenses revolving this rare situation in addition to Michael's desire to get a prosthetic arm.

"I've always been the kind of mom that thought I can provide for my children in case anything went wrong," Michael's mother, Donna said. "But this is the one time when I can't do anything."

The family set up a benefit fund in Michael Hobgood's name at Southwest Georgia bank. You can contact Michael and his mother at (229) 668-0296 and (352) 391-8333.

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