Woman undergoes amputation after catching infection from pet

Rottweiler in action during the 38th National Dog Show

Rottweiler in action during the 38th National Dog Show

The Stark county wife and mother woke up from a coma ten days later with both arms and legs partially amputated.

"When I opened my eyes I didn't know where I was", Trainer told Fox 8.

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

Marie said she would keep her dogs and was looking forward to returning home. And be aware of the symptoms, which include high heart rate, extreme pain and clammy skin.

"Her temperature went up then went down to about 33 degrees, that's when we rushed her to the hospital", said Matthew. Despite aggressive treatment, she started developing sepsis and her limbs developed gangrene.

Marie says she lay down and woke up with her limbs partially amputated.

Blood tests and cultures at both Aultman Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic confirmed the surprising diagnosis of capnocytophaga.

Capnocytophaga is a blood infection that originates in the mouths of dogs and cats.

The couple said one of their two dogs may have licked a small scrape on her arm passing along the virulent bacteria. "It has the ability to induce your immune system to do some pretty awful things", Kobe told Fox.

Marie Trainer, from OH, contracted sepsis after her dog showed her a bit of affection and accidentally infected her with a rare bacteria.

Within hours, she developed sepsis - the body's overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.

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Without the amputations, doctors told the family Marie would die.

"It was so rapid in progression... there was nothing they could do", Marie's step-daughter said. A person could be exposed to the bacteria and or dog for years without a reaction. In June 2018, a Wisconsin man had his legs amputated just below the knee and his forearms amputated after he was infected with capnocytophaga, according to the Associated Press.

But the same year, a different patient in OH recovered, Kobe told WJW.

People with weakened immune systems, like patients with cancer or those taking certain medications, are at greater risk of becoming ill from the bacteria.

While she can't wait to be reunited with her two dogs, Marie does admit she has a lot of healing to do, and will have to lean on her family for support.

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

"I'm still amazed at what it is", they said.

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

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

"He's here every day for me. every day he feeds me, and dresses me here every day", Trainer told Fox 8. I mean what do you do? "Very hard to cope with".

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

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