Flesh-eating bug tragedy.
A MIDLANDS drug addict has died after contracting a harrowing flesh-eating bug.
The bug, called necritising fasciitis, affected the man's leg and he died in Derby.
An inquest into the death of Kenneth Berridge heard the addict injected heroin two days before being admitted to hospital. But the injection proved fatal.
Necrotising fasciitis is caused when bacteria living in or on the body gets into deep tissue.
This can be caused by injecting drugs, cuts, insect bites and surgical wounds.
It made Mr Berridge's leg swell and he was soon unable to walk.
After being admitted into hospital, the 51-yearold died from blood poisoning on March 28.
Assistant coroner Louise Pinder said he died of sepsis caused by necrotising fasciitis caused by intravenous drug use.