Man who fought flesh-eating bacteria on the road to recovery
Eddie Garcia is the local father and high school dean who battled a rare flesh-eating bacteria.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Eddie Garcia is the local father and high school dean who battled a rare flesh-eating bacteria.
We first told you about Eddie about two weeks ago.
To fight his infection, Eddie took medication that left off his circulation, leaving him without hands and feet.
Now, Eddie is out of the hospital and undergoing physical therapy.
His rare flesh-eating infection has gone away, but his infectious attitude hasn't.
"I have to say I'm just completely blessed with everything that has been going on, from my family to friends to people that I don't even know coming to visit me," said Eddie.
Just three days ago, Eddie started rehab. He's already ahead of schedule.
"When he told me he could get in and out of bed, in and out of his wheelchair, to me, that's huge," said Eddie's wife, Antoinette.
Eddie is anxious to get home to his two children. He'll get temporary prosthetics soon and will start learning how to walk again.
His doctors have already helped devise a contraption on Eddie's right arm that allows him to use his iPad and text.
He's also learning how to eat on his own and get dressed -- things he says most people take for granted.
Eddie says he'd like to be out of rehab in a few weeks and go back to coaching.
The athletes he coaches hope for the same.
"At first, he was just my coach and now he's my whole inspiration. I'm just proud of him," said Alyssa Pociernicki, one of Eddie's players.
Aside from being an educator, Eddie is also a soccer and basketball coach for the city of Henderson.
"I am perfectly content with when he's ready to come home and when he says two weeks, I think it will be two weeks," said Antoinette.
"Somebody tells me I'm gonna get out of here in a month, cut that in half, you know? At least, that's how I look at things," said Eddie.
KTNV was the first to bring you Eddie's story but it's also received national attention.
In fact, Eddie's former elementary students from when he taught in California, all adults now, made him a special YouTube video.
Anyone wishing to donate to help the Garcia family can do so at any Chase Bank location by referencing the "Be Strong and Win Foundation."