MANHASSET, N.Y. (WPIX) - After getting a massive infection it looked like 68-year-old Franklin Lloyd of Little Neck, Queens would lose his right leg.
Aggressive antibiotic treatments just weren't working, and the infection kept getting worse.
immune system. It's most likely the reason why he got the infection in the first place, and why standard treatments failed. He said the thought of losing his leg was heart-breaking.
"The fear was I would have to trade by leg for the kidney and that was a really big concern," said Lloyd as he held back tears at press conference Wednesday.
Determined to save his leg, doctors and nurses at North Shore Long Island Jewish hospital in Manhasset began looking at alternative treatments and decided to try dressing Lloyd's wound with a type of honey called Medihoney.
Lo and behold the healing powers of the substance first used by Egyptians 4,000 years ago began to fight the infection plaguing Lloyd's right leg. A month after applying the product, doctors report the leg is good as new.
Medihoney is not exactly the same honey you would put in tea. It's derived from honey found in beehives in Australia and New Zealand, and later treated with gamma radiation. Egyptians would regularly use the substance to treat diseases.
Medihoney was approved by the Food & Drug Administration back in 2007.
Doctors Save Man's Leg After Treating Wound With Honey
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