“FBI star Derek Hedlund nearly died after being cut by a crab.
Hedlund told Page Six that he was helping a pal move a Jet Ski in Red Bank, N.J., in July when the crustacean clawed at his foot, leaving a tiny cut — and it turned out that the water he was wading in was infected with the “flesh-eating bacteria” Vibrio.
Hedlund told the outlet that his foot swelled up alarmingly, and at one stage a doctor said to him, “You see this line on your leg? That is the [vibriosis] spreading up your leg. You can literally see it.”
Medical staff even told the actor that if it reached a certain point on his leg, they’d have to amputate it to save his life.
Derek Hedlund recalled the time he nearly died after being cut by a crab.
To make matters worse, Hedlund told Page Six he got the call to return for the second season of “FBI” while he was in the hospital, and — not wanting to risk losing the gig — promised producers that he’d be on set in just a few days. He says he discharged himself “against medical advice” to attend a wardrobe fitting, and showed up to the shoot on crutches a couple of days after leaving the hospital.
To his horror, the script had him chasing “terrorists” through Central Park. He said that while the shoot was excruciating, “I did what I needed to do, and I’m still alive.”
This article originally appeared in The New York Post.