Carper's horror wound after fish infects tiny cut

Carper's horror wound after fish infects tiny cut

A carp angler has urged fellow fishermen to carry anti-bacterial solution after a winter session turned into a horror story.

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES BELOW

Jack Dwyer worked hard to catch a 13lb common during his overnighter and returned home happy – only for a slight cut on his finger to turn septic within days.

The wound was so bad it required three operations and a skin graft.

 The joy of catching this 13-pounder turned to despair below...

The joy of catching this 13-pounder turned to despair below...

 Jack's injury developed and he needed a skin graft

Jack's injury developed and he needed a skin graft

The Brighton angler told Carpfeed: “I had a very small, grain-of-rice-sized, cut on the inside of my finger prior to fishing.

“My alarm roared off around 11pm and I had the fish out for a photo, which took a little longer than normal as it was still full of energy.

 The tiny cut that turned into a horror story for Jack

The tiny cut that turned into a horror story for Jack

“This is where I believe the infection came from. The fish emptied its bowels and with the prolonged time out of the water and the wriggling around I think this is when the bacteria got in.”

Having caught the fish on a Tuesday, the 32-year-old began feeling ill that Friday.

He said: “During this time I'd noticed the most insignificant cut on my finger was a little swollen – but nothing we haven’t all had or seen. 

“I awoke late Friday night with a raging temperature, in an out of consciousness, shaking uncontrollably. I went to A&E and was admitted almost instantly with suspected septicaemia.

“As you can see from the pictures this went from very innocent to very serious in under 100 hours.”

 The wound after one of three surgical interventions

The wound after one of three surgical interventions

Jack added: “The lesson here is always carry an anti-bac bottle and don't let fish crap in open wounds!”

The dressing and stitches are due to be removed tomorrow [22/3] and Jack is keen to get back on the bank.

 The flesh on Jack's finger rotted away

The flesh on Jack's finger rotted away

He said: “Hopefully I can get back on with fishing – I’m missing it terribly!”

Still able to smile about it, he added: “If there's one thing positive about all this, in catching and photographing the fish I proved to my wife that I was indeed spending cold work nights on the bank and not out having an affair!”

 The extent of the injury is clear

The extent of the injury is clear