Man Who Lost His Hands and Legs After Being Infected By His Dog Refuses To Give Pet Up
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A dog owner has stood by his pet even though he lost his limbs due to a germ in the animal’s mouth.
Greg Manteufel, 49, from Wisconsin, United States, almost died after contracting capnocytophaga, which is a germ commonly found in the saliva of cats and dogs.
Most of the time it is harmless to humans unless they have a weakened immune system.
So it was strange Mr Manteufel, who was perfectly healthy fell ill with the condition in June 2018.
His family initially took him to the hospital when he caught a fever, started vomiting and had diarrhoea.
Painter Mr Manteufel thought he was suffering from flu but the truth was much worse.
Doctors did blood cultures and found capnocytophaga, which caused sepsis, a severe blood infection that led to his blood pressure dropping and many of his organs shutting down.
It is thought he contracted the condition from his dog, Ellie.
Doctors decided to amputate parts of his arms and legs, as well as the skin of his nose and part of his upper lip after he told them to ‘do what you have to, to keep me alive.’
His wife of 16 years, Dawn, and son Mike, 26, stayed optimistic because he was.
Mrs Manteufel said: ‘Greg said he didn’t come this far to lay down and let this beat him.’
Mr Manteufel’s positive mindset led to him being released from the in-patient rehab unit in about two weeks when the usual stay is up to a month.
The medical director for the inpatient rehab unit at the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Dr David Del Toro said: ‘He does not seem like any other patient I’ve met before.
‘He’s just, you know, full speed ahead.’
Mr Manteufel also made quick advances using his arm prosthetics and leg prosthetics.
Manteufel’s life now includes frequent occupational therapy appointments to perfect his use of arm prosthetics.
He’s using a fork regularly and he’s now working on picking up the TV remote, opening doorknobs, cutting vegetables and doing the dishes.
He’s using shortened leg prosthetics, called stubbies, to get his body conditioned to eventually use to full-sized ones, which will arrive soon.
Plastic surgeons plan another surgery to fix his nose.
A team of researchers connected with Harvard Medical School have been investigating cases similar to Mr Manteufe’s.
The team has done genetic testing on five otherwise healthy people who suffered capnocytophaga infections to see if they could find anything in common.
They discovered all had a gene connected to the immune system that was working differently – a genetic variant.
They believe it makes those people more susceptible to developing severe medical problems from capnocytophaga.
Mr Manteufe is helping them with their research and the results of his genetic tests are expected in three to four months.
The team hopes to publish their study in the next year to 18 months.
Source: Metro UK