After getting infected feet wounds, H.G was treated with antibiotics but the infection was not cured. No antibiotic worked and the infection spread. The only way to treat this patient was to amputate the two legs. H.G had heard about phage therapy and contacted a doctor specialized on the subject. He chose to try phage therapy to cure his wounds. Bacteriophages were applied for a year on the wounds and he is now almost cured.
On the pictures, you can see the state of his left foot before and after the phage therapy.
Read the interview with H.G
Where did the infection come from?
A wound, I have hammer legs (claw feet/toes) (deformation of the toe), the toes do not touch the ground and in the shoe it made a light bulb. One evening a piece left and it made a sore and the infection came. It has been 13 years since I have the infection. 6 months ago it was two feet.
Were you treated early on right foot?
Yes, I had a lot of surgery, then it did a perforating ache (dermatological lesion) and they treated me with antibiotics. The last time I had surgery, I had 7 months of treatement with antibiotics, and there was no result.
Do you know which antibiotic you have been treated with?
No, but at the last operation my doctor told me that the last option was to cut the leg.
When did the antibiotics stop working?
It has been 3 years since antibiotics are no longer effective.
Do you know if it was always the same, or it was an antibiotic cocktail?
No, at home I took the antibiotics but one day my face was gray, and meanwhile I went for X-ray in Meylan and a lady said to me "if you want I know someone who has been treated with the phages, do you want to see him?“
I said there was no problem because the doctor wanted to cut my legs. So I went to see the person being treated by the phages, and he was able to walk. Then I contacted a doctor from Nîmes, Mr. Riche. I took an appointment at Nîmes to see him. The doctor knew of what bacteria I was infected so he told me "you have to take such phages and put them on the wound.
Was it a liquid to put?
Yes, and it was not enough, I had to have surgery. I asked my doctor at the CHU de Grenoble (University Hospital of Grenoble) whether during the operation he could put the phages on me but he refused. So Mr. Riche advised me someone in Clermont-Ferrand who operates with phages. So I took appointment with the doctor from Clermont-Ferrand and he operated on me with the phages. Then I continued to put phages on the wound and I drank too.
Is it really better? Do you feel it?
Did you notice side effects because of the treatment with phages?
No and I saw the person who was treated with the phages and he was fine.
How long did it need until you saw an evolution after you started to use phages?
6 months, even less. In addition to taking phages there is a diet to do, and take blood tests (18ml). The blood tests must be re-injected intramuscularly but the nurses do not have the right to do it so it was my wife who did it.
And you were not afraid at all even after that?
No because otherwise I was cut off the leg
Yes it is true that you prefer to try rather than lose your leg
Yes. There is a blood test today and then 4 days later then 8 days later and there are 8 sessions to be done.
Do you put the phages everyday?
Yes since 1 year and the wound is almost healed. But with my job (farmer) I had to go back to work, so they plastered me with a plate underneath, so I could work.But the wound remained and the infection appeared on the left foot too.
Is it the same wounds on both feet?
Yes, but the left is because of the shoes. I have a foot sensitivity disorder so it rubbed, it made a sore so the nurses tried to treat me but the problem is that toes have broken. I asked to operate with phages but they refused and suddenly I asked if after the nurses could put me phages on my toes and they told me no problem.
Who told you about Mr. Riche?
I did it myself, I inquired. Mr. Riche advised me to put more on my wounds of hydrogen peroxide and we saw that after a day the wound became pink when before it was black.
Do You know what bacteria infected You?
Staphylococcus and en another. So, Mr. Riches, seeing that said to me that such phages I needed.
Do you know if it is a phage cocktail or a phage in particular?
One for Staphylococcus and one for the other bacterium.
Phage therapy therapy is more developed in Eastern countries than in France, right?
Yes phages come from Ukraine. It is Monsieur Riche who makes them come. But now when it arrives at the customs, they break the flacons. So now it passes by another name.
With the research you have done, have you found other doctors who practice phage therapy ?
No, just Monsieur Riche and the doctor from CLermont-Ferrand. The other day I saw him and said, "See, I still have my leg”
It proves that it works well.
Yes, and Monsieur Riche has written a book, it can be found on the internet and he has made ointment, it is a healing ointment that I put on my wounds.
You think we can reach Mr. Riche for more information?
Yes Yes ! It will make him happy
How much does a treatment cost?
It costs nothing, it is flasks, it costs 45 euros with all inclusive for 6 bottles!
Do you still take AB anyway?
And once you've taken phage treatment, do you feel really better?
Yes, not the first shot but afterwards as I was in shape. And he cared for cancer too, from a woman who lives in Meylan. Thus she was saved.
How much time do you still have?
It is necessary to wait until the wound is completely closed
And how long have you been treating yourself to phages?
Did the treatment hurt you?
No, we feel nothing at all, it is just put on wounds and swallow (morning fasting) and also I pay attention to what I eat, wholemeal bread, whole rice no potato no red meat, no coffee, no sugar .. it is for healing especially