Flesh Eating Bacteria Puts Honolulu Man on Life Support

The Ala Wai Boat Harbor where Johnson fell in this past Friday.
The Ala Wai Boat Harbor where Johnson fell in this past Friday.

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - A man whose friends say fell into contaminated waters in the Ala Wai Boat Harbor, is now fighting for his life.

Oliver Johnson has been in the hospital since Friday, when he fell into polluted waters.

"From what I've gathered, he doesn't have a good chance of survival," said Stephany Sofos, Johnson's friend.

"He has three bacteria infections. His liver and his kidney have shut down, he has pneumonia and he is on life support."

Friends say this all happened very suddenly, just days after he fell into contaminated waters.

Last Friday morning, the 34-year-old man had been drinking at a bar near his Waikiki home. He fell into the harbor and suffered cuts and bruises while trying to climb out.

Doctors amputated his left leg on Monday and his family is now deciding whether to amputate his other leg in order to save his life.

So far, doctors have not blamed polluted waters for his condition and say they don't have any confirmed reports of anyone else getting sick.

But they're warning the public that anyone with an open wound who goes outdoors, can get an infection.

"If you've got an open wound or cut, basically it's a break in your barrier, your natural skin barrier against infection," said Dr. Sarah Park, infectious disease specialist with the State Department of Health.

Johnson's friends would just like some answers. They're hoping by sharing his story, they'll remind others how priceless life is.