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Cartersville landscaper returns home after battling flesh-eating bacteria

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Bobby Vaughn is back on his feet nearly four weeks after flesh-eating bacteria ravaged his body. Bobby Vaughn is back on his feet nearly four weeks after flesh-eating bacteria ravaged his body.
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -

A Cartersville landscaper is home after spending weeks in the hospital fighting flesh-eating bacteria.

Aided by a walker, co-workers by his side, Bobby Vaughn is back on his feet nearly four weeks after flesh-eating bacteria ravaged his body.

The 32-year-old was released from Doctor's Hospital in Augusta on Thursday after a grueling three weeks in the hospital.

The Cartersville landscaper says he became weak and started vomiting while at work on May 3. The next day he went to Cartersville Medical Center in intense pain and experiencing significant swelling in his groin area.

Vaughn said he doesn't know how he got the bacteria.

"There's so many different ways I could have, but no, there's no way to know. I wasn't near water….I didn't fall out a tree and get cut. I didn't fall in a ditch and get cut by branches…I have no idea," said Vaughn.

Vaughn has endured six surgeries. Doctors removed nearly two pounds of dead tissue as they worked to keep the infection from spreading.

As he works to reclaim his life, the young patients he left behind haunt Vaughn.

"I had a chance to sit down with a lady who has a great-niece that's sitting in the hospital that has had about 70 percent burns on her body," said Vaughn.

Vaughn says that the critically injured children he encountered during his stay in the burn center ward moved him.

"When you hear a baby cry in pain, it does something to you," he said.

Vaughn says his company, Alpha and Omega Landscaping, is already involved in charitable works but he wants to do more.

In coming weeks, Vaughn will establish a charity to help Bartow County children who need a helping hand. Witnessing the suffering of young patients during his time in the hospital has made him feel compelled to do more for his own community.

"This pain that I've felt has made me want to give everything that I've got, and that's what we're going to do," said Vaughn.

Vaughn has months of recovery ahead.

For more information on Vaughn's charity, visit: alphaandomegalandscaping.com

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