Man sleeps with his dog, then he woke up without legs or arms. It’s hard to regard Ellie as a menace. The Wisconsin man who lost all his limbs to a severe infection caught from a dog licking his leg still faces at least three more operations in a desperate bid to survive.
Greg mantel 48 has already endured seven surgeries since he was hospitalized since late June when he went to a Milwaukee area hospital with flu-like symptoms. On Thursday, his wife dawn shared a picture of Greg looking forlorn in his hospital bed with a blackened nose but insisted he was in good spirits.
She said her husband was looking forward to being fitted for prosthetic limbs when greg mantafell is frustrated or feeling down. She sits by him at night. She sleeps under his covers at dinner, she’s there next to him, knowing he’ll, throw something her way. She belies the stereotype of a vicious pit bull. We love her like she’s, our daughter, he said of the dog and yet ellie may be the reason man to fell 49 nearly died gravely ill.
He lost parts of his arms and legs, as well as the skin of his nose and part of his upper lip. The cause was capnocytoviga, a germ from ellie’s mouth or from another dog he encountered. Capnocytoviga is commonly found in the saliva of cats and dogs and almost never leads to people getting sick unless the person has a compromised immune system, but mantuffel was perfectly healthy. In fact, he didn’t think he’d ever used his health insurance before he fell ill.
The case is extremely rare and doctors at his hospital froder and the medical college of wisconsin had no explanation for why he got so sick, but over the last 10 years there have been at least five other healthy people who have had severe reactions to the germ.
A team of researchers connected with harvard medical school has developed a theory on why a gene change in all the victims and their finding means doctors can’t rule out that the capnocyfetovic bacteria could strike man to fell and other victims again. Genetic variant, greg mantefel thought he was getting the flu in June of 2018 He had a fever vomiting and diarrhea, but when he started getting confused, his family took him to the hospital doctors, did blood cultures and found capnositovica, which caused sepsis a severe blood infection that led to his blood
pressure, dropping and many of his organs. Shutting down do what you have to to keep me alive. He told the doctors in this august, second 2018 file photo provided by don manteufel greg mantefel lays in his hospital bed at froedtert hospital in milwaukee. He lost parts of his arms and legs, as well as the skin of his nose and part of his upper lip from kavanaugh saitovica.
He had so much to live for foremost his wife of 16 years don and 26 year old son mike. He was just starting to get really good. At his day. Job painting houses he cherished his harley davidson electric glide. He was in the middle of fixing up his 66 el camino and, of course, there was ellie the pup, and so he persisted through more than 20 surgeries, including amputations of his left and right arms just below the elbow and legs through the middle of the knee.
His wife and son stayed optimistic because he was greg said he didn’t come this far to lay down and let this beat him don manteufel said he was out of the inpatient rehab unit in about two weeks: learning to move from his wheelchair to the bed toilet And car the usual stay is three to four weeks said dr david del toro medical director for the inpatient rehab unit at froedtert. Mantefel made similar quick advances using his arm prosthetics and leg prosthetics.
He does not seem like any other patient. I’Ve met before del toro said he just you know full speed ahead. Meanwhile, researchers at brigham and women’s hospital in boston connected to harvard medical school as well as dana farber cancer institute and beth israel deaconess medical center had been investigating cases like his.
The team has done genetic testing on five, otherwise healthy people who suffered capnocytoviga 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. It was a really thrilling moment, said: elizabeth feig, a genetic counselor at brigham and women’s hospital. The stakes are so high with these cases and the patients have gone through so much. They believe it makes those people more susceptible to developing severe medical problems from capnocytoviga, but they are also trying to determine if there are other risk factors of the five in the study.
Three survived with amputations and two did not feig hopes. Their research can determine why some did not survive. She also hopes that if their theory is confirmed, it will help diagnose cases faster and perhaps save lives and limbs. That’s why Greg Mansfield jumped at the chance to take part when he was approached in august. Researchers need to gather more evidence but hope to publish their study in the next year to 18 months.
Learning to use prosthetics mantiful’s life now includes frequent occupational therapy appointments to perfect his use of arm prosthetics. The kind with metal movable hooks at the end he’s using a fork regularly and is now working on picking up the tv, remote opening door, knobs cutting vegetables and doing the dishes he’s using shortened leg. Prosthetics called stubbies to get his body conditioned to eventually use the full-sized ones. Those are expected to arrive any day. Plastic surgeons planned another surgery to perfect his nose.
They’Ve already moved skin from his forehead there. It looks oversized now, but it will eventually fit in with the rest of his face. He plans to get his car revamped, so he can drive with prosthetics. He wants to get a special pole, so he can go fishing again he’s even considering going back to work. Painting he’s also become less quiet and a lot more outgoing.
Now everybody i see wants to hear something or talk to me. I tell them a 15-minute story about what happened. They probably want me to leave. You know he said chuckling ellie’s, often by his side. She loves kids, she loves puppies.
Other dogs, manta fell said as harmless as she seems she may have the capnocytoviga germ the results of mantiful’s genetic tests are expected in three to four months. Feig said people with the gene variant are at increased risk for recurrent capnocytoviga and other infections in the future. While mantefeld doesn’t like the sound of that, he said, ellie’s accidentally scratched him since he’s been home and even licked. His mouth he’s been fine, and even if he does have the gene variant, he said it changes nothing. We didn’t even bother testing her said mantafell.
We were not going to get rid of her, even if it was her that caused it anyway. We just love her to death. According to the national institutes of health, the bacteria is found in the saliva of healthy dogs and cats. One 2014 study from japan found out the bacteria to be present in 69 of dogs and 54 percent of cats.
The bacteria can be transmitted to humans through bites, licks or even close proximity with the animal seeping into the skin, even without a cut or scrape while most people will not exhibit any symptoms if they become infected, it’s been shown to cause severe illness in those who Have compromised immune systems according to a 2003 study from france, dr munoz price told the associated press that this infection is very rare.
The doctor said, animal lovers have no need to panic, they’re more likely to die in a car accident than to be infected by the bacteria. It’S extremely rare. Do not get rid of your pets continue behaving the same way that you have behaved with your pets. Up until now, munoz price said it’s unclear if greg had any pre-existing conditions, but he developed sepsis or blood poisoning and his nose both of his hands and his legs beneath the knees turned black within a week of being in the hospital doctors first amputated greg’s feet And then his legs up to his kneecaps, then three weeks after he was first admitted both of greg’s hands up to his mid palms were amputated. According to a gofundme page, doctors were hoping to save the remainder of his arms, but due to extensive damage to the tissue and muscles both arms up to the mid forearm had to be amputated.
Doctors also told don that greg would need extensive plastic surgery to rebuild his nose. After discovering the manta fells have a pet dog, the medical staff told don that her husband likely was infected after being licked. We can’t wrap our heads around it that all of a sudden he’s 48 years old, had been around dogs all of his life, and then this happened. She said it’s currently unclear where the dog is dailymail.com has reached out to the family for comment, but has not received a reply.
Dr sylvia munoz price, an infectious disease specialist with frodert and the medical college of wisconsin told witi that greg’s immune system response to the infection resulted in his blood pressure, dropping and decreased circulation in his limbs. More than 99 percent of the people that have dogs will never have this issue. It’S just a fluke said dr munoz price. Don said that despite the multiple surgeries and long road of rehab ahead, her husband feels lucky to be alive. He kept saying to the doctors.
Take what you need but keep me alive, and they did it surprisingly enough. They did do it. She said a family friend has started a gofundme page to raise money to help cover his mountain of medical bills. So far, more than eighteen thousand one hundred dollars had been raised out of a twenty five thousand dollar goal. According to the page, greg will be fitted with prosthetic limbs, so he can function independently.
What’S in the bacteria found in dog’s, saliva capnocytoviga canamorsis, a bacterial pathogen is typically found in the saliva of cats and dogs. It has the rare ability to cause disease in healthy individuals, but has been known to cause severe illness in people with pre-existing conditions or compromised immune system. The bacterious transmission can occur through bites, licks or even close. Proximity to the animals symptoms usually appear within one to eight days of exposure, but mostly on the second day. They can range from flu-like symptoms to sepsis.
Infection can usually be treated effectively with antibiotics and it is recommended for a minimum of three weeks, but there can be a long-term side effects, including amputation from gangrene heart attack and kidney failure. The faster the infection is diagnosed, the better the chance of survival about 30 percent of all those infected die. If a dog has hook worms or round worms living in their intestines, the worms will lay eggs. The eggs will be seeded throughout the yard or where the dog defecates, when hookworm eggs hatch into larva. They are ready to infect a host.
If a human walks outside barefoot, the larva can get into the skin and cause a rash, they will never make it to the intestines like they do in dogs, but they will migrate in the human skin attempting to find access.
Then they die, but not before you get a rash on your body. You can actually see where they are trying to go because they leave migration tracks on your skin. Cutaneous larval migrants be safe and make sure your pets are safe, love your animals and yourself too. We love dogs, but be careful thanks for reading. See you soon.