Firefighter battling rare flesh-eating bacteria leaves hospital

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EAST PATCHOGUE - An East Patchogue firefighter battling a rare flesh-eating bacteria went home to his family today.

Ralph Lettieri was released after nearly two months at Nassau University Medical Center and having his leg amputated.

The 26-year-old firefighter was exposed to the bacteria after getting poison ivy on his leg and then going scuba diving.

Lettieri says his organs shut down and he also battled pneumonia.

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After hearing about a New Jersey firefighter with a prosthetic leg, Lettieri is determined to fight fires again. He already has an appointment to get fitted for a prosthetic next week. For more on Lettieri's return from the hospital, click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.

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