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Woman Loses Leg to Gulf Microbe

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

An 84-year-old woman is fighting for her life in Naples after a swim in the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa caused her to contract an infection through a cut on her leg. Doctors had to amputate Margaret Freiwald’s leg to save her, according to NBC2 News.  

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