MMA fighter with horrifying staph infection gets good news

MMA fighter Tim Schultz has returned to Australia and underwent surgery to save the leg nearly lost due to serious staph infection.

By: Kristen King | 4 months ago
MMA fighter with horrifying staph infection gets good news
Credit: TimSchultz/MyCause

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We have a series of positive updates from Tim Schultz, the MMA fighter with one of the most severe staph infections we have ever seen. This past Sunday, UFC fighter Casey O’Neill shed some light on Schultz, who ‘got a staph infection through to his bone’ while training in Thailand that could have cost him his leg. 

On Monday, O’Neill shared Schultz underwent two surgeries to address the staph infection, but the MMA fighter was given incorrect treatment after the surgeries. “He needs to get home immediately as the treatment he is receiving is not helping and he has been lied to about receiving a small incision [in his leg] etc.,” tweeted O’Neill. “He is living a nightmare.”

MMA fighter Tim Schultz shares positive updates on leg

For Schultz to return to Australia, he needed assistance with the costs of his flight and treatment. Fortunately, the community came together to help, donating and organizing seminars for his MyCause (H/T Fight News Australia on Twitter). Gyms such as Team Compton and Absolute MMA Collingwood, which featured UFC fighters Jimmy Crute and Jack Jenkins and Eternal MMA champion Joseph Luciano, helped lead the effort to get Schultz to Australia. Also alongside Schultz were friends, Matt Lee-Manwar and Huynh Nguyen, who have continued to provide updates throughout the experience.

One of the most recent updates on Schultz was that he returned home On Wednesday and was ‘on his way to receive immediate proper care and treatment’. He underwent another surgery, which reportedly saved his leg.

“Tim is out surgery. The skin has been removed from his shin to upper thigh, and some superficial fascia was also removed. Fortunately, the infection did not reach the muscle, so his leg can be saved. He is in good spirits and expresses gratitude to everyone for their support.” 

Donations are still needed for Tim Schultz’s recovery

Despite the successful surgery, Tim Schultz still needs assistance with his recovery. To help, please share and donate to his MyCause here. Every dollar helps. 

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Kristen King
Kristen King

Kristen King is a writer for Bloody Elbow. She has covered combat sports since 2016, getting her start with outlets such as FanSided, MyMMANews and MMA-Prospects. She joined the BE team in 2020, covering a mix of news, events and injuries. In her time with BE, Kristen has created ‘Fright of the Night,’ a series that highlights some of the worst injuries in the sport.

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