Jennifer asked him, "Can a germ live in a doctor's office? On a scalpel?" He answered, "the germ can live anywhere, the germ mostly lives on our bodies."
Dr. Rathore says there are risks during any medical procedure. In general, he says anyone considering surgery should talk with their physician about whether the benefits of surgery outweigh the risks.
If you are considering surgery, it's always a good idea to talk with your doctor about how medical tools are sterilized, if you are concerned. You should also tell your doctor if you have ever been treated for an infection that is resistant to antibiotics. We should point out, that Lewis says he was healthy and feeling fine when he went in for the procedure.
Channel 4 is not naming the urologist who performed Lewis' vasectomy since there is no way of knowing for sure if Lewis caught the bacteria from the doctor's office.
Jennifer Waugh did call his office. An office manager told her over the phone that the office sterilizes all of its equipment and cannot comment on Lewis' treatment citing a federal law that requires patient confidentiality.
Lewis was released from the hospital a day before his son Cameron was born. He still has not been able to touch his baby. While he is home recovering, he has in-home medical care to change his dressings as his open wounds continue to heal. He sleeps on his couch to avoid infecting his wife. He also cannot have any contact with his 5 year-old son.
"It broke me down. He was coming to give me a hug and I had to tell him you can't touch me. You can't touch me yet. It's been very difficult," says Lewis.
Lewis says he has consulted an attorney, but no lawsuit has been filed yet. He says he's certain he caught the flesh-eating virus from his doctor's office.
His wife says, "I hope his (her husband) body could return to normal and that he could be who he was before, which is a great husband and great dad. But I don't know, I don't know I haven't seen him walk or anything. I just hope he can be here with his child."
Byron Lewis has not been able to work and his wife had to take a month off from work to care for him. If you'd like to help the family, you can reach out to them by emailing Pairism@gmail.com.