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Lomita man 'happy to be alive' after surviving deadly infection

There are 21 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Sep 7, 2010, titled Lomita man 'happy to be alive' after surviving deadly infection. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

Tom Dukes nearly died last winter after contracting an E. Coli infection in which he endured two surgeries and spent months in the hospital.

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Aurora, CO

#1 Sep 7, 2010
Great story....similar thing happened to me last November: emergency surgery (colon ruptured due to previously undiagnosed diverticulitis) that took one foot of my colon; infection that kept me in hospital for 19 days and a loss of 20 lbs; colostomy bag for four months and reattachment of colon this past March.

Mr. Dukes has endured much, and I very much sympathize with him and hope he has a full and complete recovery.

Canyon Country, CA

#2 Sep 7, 2010
Wow what an extraordinary ordeal. I am so happy to hear that you are helping others and spreading the word.. Glad to hear you are doing better - your old buddy a Regal :)

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#3 Sep 7, 2010
God bless you Tom! Thank you for not giving up and telling your story.

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Sep 7, 2010
congratulation on beating this bacteria, scary to think that you were that close to death and also this affects or kills about 18,000 people annually. Once again congrats to you Tom and to my surpise I look at the picture and realize that I knew. I worked at Fridays Resturant as a bartender when you use to come in. Glad ur okay now

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Sep 8, 2010
The abuse of antibiotics in agriculture is a horror story in the making.
Guy Sako

Olmsted Falls, OH

#6 Sep 8, 2010
Wrestlers and fighters for years have been using Defense Soap to protect them from the skin infections they can catch on the mat. Defense Soap is a 100% natural line of soap whose active ingredients have been clinically to to be effective against Ringworm, Athlete's Foot, Jock Itch, MRSA, and Staph. Defense Soap is no longer just for combat athletes.

Hawaiian Gardens, CA

#7 Sep 8, 2010
Wow. I know this guy. And this news was sad and shocking to me. If i'm not mistaken, i know Tom from Naja's on the redondo pier. Really nice dude. and i'm glad to hear he's doing better.
harbor area gal

Torrance, CA

#8 Sep 8, 2010
so glad you survived. my mother had the same bug last year and spent 3 weeks in intensive care.she also had 2 months of the daily iv antibiotics.she did not have to have a colostomy, they were able to do one surgery only and get it all out, but she had to wait 10 months before she was well enough to attempt the surgery.is 200% better now. you are right you do have a new added purpose in life to tell your story and help people who might like my mom wait until it is almost too late to survive.God bless you and i hope you enjoy your life to the fullest and enhjoy every day God is giving you. God bless.
char delgado

Georgia, GA

#9 Sep 8, 2010
I had the exact same thing last year and almost died. Spend 3 months in and out of the hospital. But was sick 4 months before anyone knew what I had, the doctors just could not figure it out. I even was seeing a colon/rectal specialist and he said I was depressed. Now that I almost over this I Lost 1foot of colan and had a colostomy for 9 months. Am still having some issues because it also effected my kidneys. Hopefully by next year this will be a thing of the past.

Anaheim, CA

#10 Sep 8, 2010
Thank you for sharing your story!

The medical community knowing about these cases and public awareness help!!

Los Angeles, CA

#11 Sep 8, 2010
Fascinating story. I had a similar experience and it can happen to the most healthy people who are fine one day and the next on their near death bed. It happens very very fast.
westside steve

Newport Beach, CA

#12 Sep 8, 2010
I am glad you recovered Mr. D. Thank-you for sharing this story with everyone. MRSA, resistant e-coli have caused a lot of death and injury to people.

I read recently there is now another anaerobe flesh eating bacteria reeking havoc in hospitals and nursing homes which I am guessing will be out among the population pretty soon. Its like we are going back to pre-WW2 times, when "simple" infections and abcesses either killed people, or required surgical removal.
Mrs Sperrel

Van Nuys, CA

#13 Sep 8, 2010
Doctors keep recommending removal of my colon to prevent this. I have had bad diverticulitis and the decision is really difficult. Meanwhile, I eat the same things every day and I heat them to really safe temperatures. I still get the attacks. I am so grateful for medical marijuana.
Gee Too

United States

#14 Sep 8, 2010
One of the big problems is the growing use of antibacterial products, such as antibacterial hand soaps. People have somehow become unnecessarily afraid of "germs" when normal bacterial flora actually have a very beneficial role for our health. What happens is that these soaps start killing off the normal flora that would usually crowd out resistant strains, allowing resistant strains to flourish. And the soap goes down the drains into our environment, spawning more resistant strains.

Another cause is the over-prescription of antibiotics when antibiotics aren't justified by the diagnosis. Again, resistant strains can emerge because normal flora is eliminated. We need to more tightly regulate the use of antimicrobials in our products and educate the public on the consequences of misusing antibiotics.
Sounds like steroids

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Sep 8, 2010
Any chance he had taken them?

Saginaw, MI

#16 Sep 8, 2010
I met Tom years ago and am very thankful that he is doing so well. We are fellow Michiganders and shared a love of the midwest. Tom, good for you for being so strong and hanging in there. Hopefully what you went through will help others after you. With two toddlers who just went through a scary couple of months trying different antibiotics to help us through a tough bought with antibiotic resistant strep, I hope others will listen to your story.
enhancing substances

Los Angeles, CA

#17 Sep 8, 2010
There is some evidence that anabolic steroid abuse may affect the immune system, leading to a decreased effectiveness of the defense system.

Newington, CT

#18 Sep 9, 2010
Somehow saying that this superbug is usually only found in hospital settings is not very encouraging. But then, a 7 week stay at Harbor had already shown me that.

Anaheim, CA

#19 Sep 9, 2010
kma wrote:
Somehow saying that this superbug is usually only found in hospital settings is not very encouraging. But then, a 7 week stay at Harbor had already shown me that.
Several hospitals, with poor internal infection rates, have implemented stringent plans to improve...the one's who have been successful are the one's where employees...ALL employees AND visitors...were rigorous about handwashing and regular patient room cleaning.

Did you know a study was done some years ago and doctors TIES were found to be one of the biggest carriers of bacteria? Figures, since ties are exposed to so many germs and rarely cleaned.

Los Angeles, CA

#21 Sep 9, 2010
Glad he's okay. Did he get it from a toilet seat?

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