Cyclist Fighting For Life After Developing A Saddle Sore!

Ryan Busto is in the ICU after he developed a life-threatening infection after cycling!

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Ryan Busto, 41 years old Canadian was on a cycling trip in the US when he developed a rare flesh-eating infection. The infection set in when he got a saddle sore from cycling. According to sources close to him, he was with Tara Rosenberg, a friend. They were cycling in San Diego, California when Ryan developed a “Severe saddle sore.”

Tara Rosenberg posted on Facebook about the incident:

Within 36 hours he was fighting for his life. I have never heard of such a rare thing and am completely shattered,

The flesh-eating disease spreads through the tissues and within the span of 12 to 24 hours, death can occur. According to HealthLinkBC, the infection can start from a minor cut or a bruise. There might not be a visible injury either. This disease is caused by a bacteria that enters the flesh through the saddle sore. 

Early symptoms include a warm, red area of the skin which appears swollen. It spreads quickly and you may experience severe pain in the area. It is important to stay off the bicycle when you get a saddle sore. 

Busto was training to take part in the race at an amateur level. He is a father of two and a helicopter maintenance engineer at HeliJet. His medical insurance is not enough to cover the expenses. That’s why his friends have set a GoFundMe page, to help pay the medical bills. 


He was briefly put on a medically induced coma while the medical team was not very hopeful. But the GoFundMe page posted an update briefing that Ryn briefly opened his eyes. It further read:

Despite facing more surgeries, recent tests reveal his heart function has increased even further to 47%. The outpouring of support and generosity from the community overwhelms us. Your kindness sustains us through these challenging times. Thank you for standing by Ryan’s side.

So far $120,950 has been raised while the goal is to collect  $500,000. We are praying for a quick recovery of the pairing cyclist. 

Featured Image Via Facebook/ Tara Rosenberg

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