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Alex Smith’s Leg After a Flesh-Eating Bacteria Ate Away at It Is Very Hard to Look At

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SJ - May 1, 2020

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffered one of the most gruesome injuries in NFL history and he almost lost his leg because of it.

Just days after a gruesome photo of Smith's leg surfaced, a documentary on the quarterback's injury and recovery aired on ESPN.

In the documentary it showed the effects of a flesh-eating bacteria that developed following surgery to repair the compound fracture Smith suffered in a game against the Texans.

Smith’s wife recalled when doctors told them about the bacteria and that his life was in danger.

“So Alex has a flesh-eating bacteria that’s eating away at his leg,” Elizabeth said. “He’s septic and, essentially, dying. We’re being inundated with medical language. Family, friends, everybody is on high emotion.”

That's after eight surgeries to repair the broken bone and get rid of the infection.  It's absolutely terrifying.


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