4 amputations after strep: ‘Now it’s only positives’


SUE:..TODAY–THE ALTO MAN WHO LOST HIS LIMBS FROM STREP THROAT… WAS ON THE NATIONAL TV-SHOW, THE DOCTORS. IT AIRED OVER ON WXSP. AND SINCE OUR FIRST REPORT ON KEVIN BREEN BACK IN MARCH ..HIS STORY HAS BEEN SHARED ACROSS THE WORLD. NEW AT SIX… 24 HOUR NEWS 8’S HEATHER WALKER IS SHOWING HOW THEIR LIFE HAS CHANGED SINCE… AND WHAT’S NEXT. 3 HEATHER:..KEVIN HAS RECIEVED NATIONAL FAME. BUT MORE IMPORTANLY… HIS AMPUTATION SURGERIES ARE DONEAND HE EXPECTS TO BE WALKING NEXT MONTH. 3 9:58:09 “WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO DO WITH DADDY WHEN HE GETS HIS NEW LEGS?” “PILLOW FIGHT.”9:39:36 “NOW IT’S ONLY POSITIVES.”KEVIN BREEN SAYS THAT, BUT HE AND HIS WIFE JULIE HAVE HAD A POSITIVE ATTITUDE FROM THE BEGINNING. EVEN BEFORE THEY KNEW WHAT THE MYSTERY ILLNESS WAS. THROUGH THE MULTIPLE TEST, LONG HOSPITAL STAYS, THE REALITY THAT HE WOULD LOSE HIS HANDS AND FEET. AND LEARNING THAT IT WAS ALL CAUSED BY A STRANGE, STRONG STRAIN OF STREP THAT TRAVELED TO HIS STOMACH AND ALMOST KILLED HIM… THE TWO WERE SMILING. 9:46:54 “I’M WAY INTERESTED IN GETTING ME UP AND FUNCTIONAL THAT, I AM, AW MAN THIS SUCKS. I GOT NO LEGS I CAN’T GET UP AND GET A POP FROM THE FRIDGE OR WHATEVER THE CASE MAY BE. I DON’T REALLY LOOK AT THAT. I WOULD BE DEPRESSED IF I DID THAT. I DON’T WANT TO BE DEPRESSED. (LAUGHS) “VIEWERS CONNECTED TO THE STRANGE STORY AND THE OPTIMISTIC DUO. 9:42:44 “YOU GUYS DID THIS STORY AND IT WAS ALL OF A SUDDEN THE NEXT DAY, IT WAS JUST, MY PHONE WAS BLOWING UP.”09:45:30 “IT’S JUST CRAZY THE OUTPOURING OF INTEREST IN IT.”IT WENT VIRAL. 9:40:31 “BLEW UP YES.”CNN , THE TODAY SHOW, NBC NIGHTLY NEWS, NEWSPAPERS, EUROPEAN NEWS MEDIA, ((NAT))) DAYTIME TV SHOWS. 9:41:28″WERE YOU SURPRISED AT ALL BY THE REACTION?” “I DON’T KNOW IF SURPRISED WOULD BE THE RIGHT WORD. I GUESS JUST OVERWHELMED.”STRANGERS DONATED MORE THAN 230-THOUSAND DOLLARS SO FAR. SHARING THEIR STORIES, SENDING CARDS AND VIDEOS. KEVIN’S FOUR AMPUTATION SURGERIES WERE A SUCCESS. (((NAT)))HE’S NOW IN A POWER WHEELCHAIR. THE NEXT STEP IS PROSTHETICS. 9:57:36″HE’S GOING TO GET BRAND NEW LEGS, THAT’S RIGHT.”IF ALL GOES WELL, HE SHOULD HAVE NEW HANDS AND LEGS BY JULY. 9:59:42″WE’RE VERY EXCITED.” 3 TAKE 3SHOT:..3- SHOT – TALK 3 3 3 SUE:..

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