A hispanic man was reported dead after developing sepsis when he went swimming after getting a brand new tattoo, despite warnings from the tattoo artist that he must avoid sun and salt water until his new tattoo healed.
The man decided to swim while on vacation in the gulf of Mexico, just 5 days after getting a tattoo. Usually the skin is supposed to take two weeks to heal. The new tattoo got infected so quickly that chunks of his skin began to come off, as the sepsis attacked his body.
When the man went to the doctor, it turned out that he already had cirrhosis of the liver, which was caused by his drinking habits. This disease made it harder for his body to fight back, despite attempts at anti-biotics.
This weakened his liver and made him more vulnerable to infection. He was given antibiotics but within 24 hours was placed on life support as his organs began to fail. He fought septic shock and battled his illness for two weeks before doctors finally got his symptoms to a manageable enough place for him to be sent home.
A few weeks later, however, the man suddenly died of septic shock that caused his kidneys to fail, Daily Mail reported.
Many readers said the man should have listened to people’s advice and avoided going into the water with his new tattoo.
“That bacteria is not something 2 mess around with!!!!!! I’ve seen people lose several limbs and their lives because of this bacteria!!!!!!!” one Mad World News reader commented on the site’s Facebook page.
“And this is what happens when u don’t listen it’s common sense,” another added.
Some readers felt as though tattoos should be avoided altogether.
“I will sound boring but I don’t feel the need to put ‘art’ on my body anyway, I’m happy with how I look and this stuff really doesn’t need to be plastered all over people. Waste of money. But each to their own!! Rest in peace,” one Daily Mail reader commented.
Others, however, felt that the judgment regarding tattoos was unwarranted.
“Why are there so many comments hating on tattoos? It says a lot about you if you judge somebody just because they have a tattoo. I have tattoos, I work in the teaching profession, I’m highly educated. Going off the comments on here I’m also a much nicer person than those of you who don’t have tattoos. Would love to hear what you do in your daily life that makes so much difference. Certainly nothing important,” one reader commented.