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Mangano Honors Medical Staff Who Saved Long Island Veteran's Life From Flesh-Eating Bacteria Veteran saved from flesh-eating  bacteria

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano (right) today honored Dr. Louis Riina (2nd right) and a team of local doctors and nurses at Nassau University Medical Center's Burn Center who saved the life of a veteran suffering from ''Necrotizing fasciitis,'' a rare, life-threatening, flesh-eating bacteria at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) in East Meadow.

Timothy Callahan (front left), an Afghanistan war veteran, spoke publicly for the first time and thanked the local community for their support. Health officialsdescribed the large increase of these dangerous infections and how people can reduce the risks of contracting them.

“I would like to commend the Burn Center doctors at Nassau University Medical Center for helping save the life of this brave young man who has done so much to defend our nations freedom,” said County Executive Mangano. “This Memorial Day weekend, it is imperative that we take time to thank all of our veterans for all the tremendous sacrifices they have made throughout the years protecting us at home and abroad.”