Chula Vista teen thriving after surviving flesh-eating bacteria

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. – A 14-year-old boy from Chula Vista is making strides after losing his right leg due to a rare bacterial infection.

Giancarlo Gil, his family and doctors still don't know how he contracted a rare bacterial infection that was slowly consuming his body until doctors stepped in to save his life.

Giancarlo Gil is learning to walk again with help from therapist April Coyle.

Giancarlo Gil is learning to walk again with help from therapist April Coyle.

Somehow Gil had contracted necrotizing fascitis, a rare flesh-eating bacteria, which lead to his right leg being amputated at his upper thigh.

Eight months later, he is learning to walk again with the help of physical therapists and a prosthetic leg.

"I did think why this thing had to happen, but I thought about it a little bit more and decided to move forward, things happen for a reason," said Gil.

The 14-year-old's mother said in the beginning it was very difficult not knowing what was happening to her son.

"Initially, it was a shock because questions were coming. What the heck was going on? How did he contract this necrotizing fasciitis? I had never heard of it, to this day we don’t know he got it," said Silvia Gil, Giancarlo's mother.

During his recovery, Giancarlo has been home-schooled and will take summer courses to catch up.

He plans on returning to Chula Vista High School for his sophomore year and play baseball.