Lee’s Summit detective finally returns home after numerous surgeries to remove flesh-eating bacteria

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After 24 surgeries in 90 days a local police detective, who was diagnosed with a rare flesh-eating bacteria, is finally going home.

Detective Josh Ward has been in the hospital since April fighting for his life. He has worked with the Lee’s Summit police department for nine years.

The 34-year-old walked out of the hospital for the first time in three months Monday afternoon. He held his wife's hand as they were surrounded by members of the police force and medical staff.

Ward went to the emergency room three times before he was admitted in an effort to determine the cause of a severe pain he was experiencing. Doctors finally realized he had Necrotizing Fasciitis, which is a serious bacterial skin infection that spreads quickly around the body's soft tissue. The infected tissue was removed immediately from his armpit to his groin on his right side.

Ward said he is thankful for the support his family has received since April.

Ward will continue physical therapy. He says returning to work isn't his focus right now -- it's simply getting better for his wife and three kids.