Woman loses hands, legs to infection from puppy kisses

Capnocytophaga normal bacteria found in the mouths of people dogs and cats. Exposure through contact usually is not serious but in rare cases can lead to serious infections including sepsis

Woman loses hands, legs to infection from puppy kisses

"It has the ability to induce your immune system to do some pretty terrible things", Kobe said to the outlet. The two originally thought that she had the flu until her temperature jumped and dropped.

'It was very hard to find out that they had to remove my legs and my arms... very hard to cope with'.

"Fairly common in the oral flora or the mouth of a dog and it can be transmitted through a bite or sometimes just contact with saliva", said Dr. Kobe. The bacteria causes blood clots that reduce blood flow, which is what eventually led to the amputations, without which she would have died.

She says of her husband Matthew: "He's here every day for me... every day he feeds me, and dresses me here every day".

The girl, recognized as Marie Coach, needed to be rushed to the hospital and positioned in a medically-induced coma as her signs, together with excessive fever, nausea and physique aches, continued to worsen.The medical staff at Canton, Ohio's Aultman Hospital started to aggressively deal with Coach, however in only a few hours issues took a flip for the more severe when she developed sepsis and her situation continued to deteriorate. Doctors repeatedly removed dozens of clots from Marie's limbs, trying to save them, but too much damage was already done to the tissue.

Together, they've launched a GoFundMe page to help with "medical expenses, equipment, transportation" - Marie will need prosthetic limbs and months of physical therapy.

Marie and her family have two dogs, and they think that one of them could have licked a small wound on her arm. This condition occurs rarely to one in a million people. A person could be exposed to the bacteria and or dog for years without a reaction.

A man from the USA state of Wisconsin had to undergo 10 surgeries and forearm and leg amputations after getting infected with Capnocytophaga in 2018. "Somehow the dog saliva entered her system and caused this case of events".

Both Dr. Kobe and Marie still love dogs and don't want to terrify owners.

Despite her near-death experience, Marie can't wait to be reunited with her dogs.

The family told the news outlet they have no plans to get rid of their dogs.

But when Marie's temperature started fluctuating - from incredibly high to worryingly low - Matthew chose to seek immediate medical attention.

Instead, they're focused on Marie's recovery.

Trainer, who faces intense rehabilitation, wept as she spoke about her husband's support.

The Trainer was in a coma for 10 days, had a complete of eight surgeries, and spent 80 days within the hospital - but she lived.

"My dog licked me... my dogs lick me all the time", Marie said. I mean what do you do? "I had to learn how to sit up, roll over, it's been just very hard".

A GoFundMe created to help with Trainer's medical bills has already raised almost $15,000.

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