Michigan man’s strep throat leads to quadruple amputation


IT WAS SENT TO A LAB AND DISCOVERED TO BE ANABOLIC STEROIDS.>>>A HORRIBLE CASE OF STREP THROAT WILL SOON COST A WEST MICHIGAN MAN HIS HANDS AND FEET. -YOU’RE ABOUT TO SEE GRAPHIC VIDEO.>>Devin: IT’S EXTRAORDINARY! IT’S A VERY RARE CASE. AS NICK MONACELLI REPORTS, THIS MAN IS ONLY ONE OF TWO MEN IN THE WORLD WITH A CASE THIS BAD.>>Nick: HERE’S THE KEY. HIS SON HAD STREP THROAT AND HE FOUGHT IT OFF WITHOUT A PROBLEM, BUT HE NEARLY DIED! AND THE AMPUTATIONS ARE HAPPENING TODAY. SOME OF THE IMAGES YOU’RE ABOUT TO SEE ARE GRAPHIC.>>IT’S CRAZY!>>Nick: HIS HANDS AND FEET HAVE TURNED BLACK AND WILL HAVE TO BE AMPUTATED.>>I NEVER THOUGHT GOING IN FOR A STOMACHACHE AND COMING OUT A TOTALLY DIFFERENT PERSON AND LIFE CHANGING.>>Nick: IT STARTED WHEN HE BEGAN FEELING SICK ON CHRISTMAS. DAYS LATER, THE STOMACH PAIN WAS SO UNBEARABLE, HE WENT TO THE E.R. HIS STOMACH WAS FILLING WITH PUS, BUT THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHY. AT ONE POINT, HIS WIFE WAS TOLD TO GATHER FAMILY AND PREPARE FOR THE WORST.>>THAT MOMENT WAS TERRIFYING! I KIND OF LOST IT. AND THEN STOPPED AND PRAYED.>>Nick: THEN A CLUE, A RASH ON HIS UPPER TORSO, A COMMON SIGN OF STREP IN HIS BELLY, ASSUMED HE GOT FROM IT HIS SON, TRAVELED FROM HIS THROAT TO HIS STOMACH AND HIS BODY COULD NOT FIGHT IT.>>SO BASICALLY, HE HAD A VERY STRONG STRAIN OF IT.>>AND HE WAS VERY SUSCEPTIB TO IT. SO THERE ARE –>>IT’S A PERFECT STORM? ABSOLUTELY, ABSOLUTELY.>>Nick: AND IT CHANGED HIS LIFE FOREVER. HE IS THE FIRST TO ADMIT, HE STILL HAS THAT LIFE.>>IT WILL BE DIFFERENT BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE BAD. WE’LL FIGURE IT OUT AND FIGURE IT OUT FOR OUR KIDS. DAD’S GONNA HAVE COOL HANDS AND COOL FEET. YOU HAVE TO BE POSITIVE.>>Nick: DOCTORS HAVE ONLY FOUND 32 CASES IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. HE IS ONLY ONE OF 2 MEN IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! NICK MONACELLI, LOCAL 4.>>Devin: IT’S A STUNNER! WHEN PEOPLE HEAR OF STREP THROAT, IT RAISES A LOT OF CONCERN.>>Karen: GIVE US PERSPECTIVE. BECAUSE THAT IS A COMMON DIAGNOSIS HOW COMMON IS SOMETHING LIKE THIS?>>Dr. McGeorge: THIS IS NOT COMMON AT ALL WITH STREP, THAT’S THE GOOD NEWS. THIS SITUATION WAS PROBABLY MUCH MORE COMPLEX. THE STREP HE HAD MAY HAVE ALSO BEEN PRODUCING A TOXIN THAT MADE THE COMPLICATIONS MUCH WORSE AND LIKELY THE DAMAGE TO THE HANDS AND FEET WERE PART OF A LARGER PICTURE OF AN INFECTION THAT AFFECTED HIS CIRCULATION, SO IT WASN’T QUITE AS SIMPLE AS STREP THROAT LEADING TO COMPLICATIONS. IT CAN CAUSE KIDNEY DAMAGE AND CAN EVEN APPEAR AS FLESH-EATING BACTERIA. IT IS NOTHING TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY. FORTUNATELY, IT’S EXTREMELY RARE.>>Devin: AND NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL. EVERYBODY HAS THEIR OWN SET OF SPECIAL REACTIONS TO THINGS.>>Dr. McGeorge: OUR OWN IMMUNE

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