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Colquitt Co. man recovering after losing arm to flesh-eating disease

Michael Hobgood III
Posted at 6:41 AM, Jun 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-19 03:54:49-04

COLQUITT CO., Fla. -- A Colquitt County man is now in stable condition after losing a limb to a flesh eating disease, according to The Moultrie Observer.

The publication states that  23-year-old Michael Hobgood cut his hand two weeks ago while he was shooting a gun. The area that was injured began to swell, causing Hobgood to go to the hospital. The Observer states that a physician initially said that he had torn ligaments. When the swelling traveled up his arm, the doctor diagnosed him with a flesh-eating bacteria and amputated his arm to prevent it from spreading.

Reporters with the Observer spoke with Hobgood's mother, who said that he was about to start a job as a sheet metal mechanic. Due to his injury, she says that he is out of a job and without health insurance.

An account is set up at Southwest Georgia Bank in his name. The family has also placed collection jars in businesses in the Colquitt County area.