Graphic: How flesh-eating bug attacked dad in his own garden

A green-fingered dad revealed he almost lost his hand to a flesh-eating bug caused by a tiny scratch while gardening.

Steve Palmer, 34, was left with his flesh eaten away to his tendons – after he scratched his hand clearing up the garden and developed the killer bug.

Medics were forced to rebuild his hand using skin pulled down from further up his arm.

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And now safely home in Sutton Coldfield, West Mids, the air conditioning engineer has spoken out to warn other people to be more careful when pottering around in the garden.

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