Woman wakes from coma with legs, arms partially amputated

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

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

Marie and her family have two dogs, and they think that one of them could have licked a small wound on her arm.

An American woman awoke from a coma to discover that her legs and arms had been amputated after catching an infection from being licked by her dog.

Despite her near-death experience, Marie can't wait to be reunited with her dogs. But then suddenly her temperature spiked and plummeted.

At first it seemed like the flu and backache, but it soon turned into sepsis and doctors found she tested positive for capnocytophaga, a bacteria that lives in dogs' and cats' saliva and can cause deadly infections in humans. She felt nausea, her temperature acted erratically, and after being taken to the hospital, her condition kept worsening.

She continued: "That organism is very virulent".

After no improvement, Marie was placed into a medically induced coma as her limbs began to deteriorate as a result of gangrene. "It has the ability to induce your immune system to do some pretty disgusting things", Kobe added. These blood clots block the blood flow to organs causing necrosis and gangrene.

While doctors did their best to remove as many blood clots as possible from Marie - it was too late to save her limbs.

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

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"It was so rapid in progression.there was nothing they could do", Marie's step-daughter, Gina Premier, who works as a nurse practitioner at the hospital, told Fox 8. Such a severe reaction is very rare and only happens to roughly one in a million people. 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.

Both Dr. Kobe and Marie still love dogs and don't want to terrify owners. "It can be transmitted through a bite, or sometimes just contact with saliva".

"If you get bit by a dog you definitely need to go on antibiotics and to wash your hands when playing with a dog, especially with an open cut". If there are symptoms like redness or any signs of infection, seek medical treatment immediately and always tell your physician that you have pets. She paid tribute to her husband who has been helping her every day with her recovery.

Marie and Matthew say they have no plans to get rid of their pets, and Marie is focusing on learning a new way to live, with her husband by her side.

'He's here every day for me. every day he feeds me, and dresses me here every day, ' Marie said.

'I mean what do you do? She was then hospitalised for almost 80 days and the infection was so severe that she had her limbs amputated and almost died. "Very hard to cope with".

To help with medical expenses and the cost of prosthetic limbs, Marie's family started a GoFundMe page.

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