WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A woman from Ohio was found to be infected by a bacteria that comes from the mouths of dogs and cats which caused her limbs to be partially amputated.
- According to the woman’s step-daughter, somehow the dog saliva entered her system and caused her arms and legs to die.
- Doctors at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio revealed that the woman had a blood infection called capnocytophaga which are contracted through bites and close contact with an infected animal.
The family of a woman in Stark County, Ohio said Thursday that the woman had to go through several amputations after she was infected by a bacteria from what turned out to be a dog’s saliva.
Marie Trainer underwent partial amputation on her arms and legs and would still likely need additional operations, said her step-daughter Gina Premier.
“[The doctors] described it as just the perfect storm. Somehow the dog saliva entered her system and caused this case of events,” Premier told ABC News
Trainer said that she started feeling sick after coming home from a trip to Punta Cana in early May. At first, she though it was a flu, but when her condition worsened within 12 hours, she was brought to the emergency room.
Trainers was found by doctors to be suffering from both liver and kidney failure, but cannot determine what’s causing it. Trainer was then transferred to Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio by Premier who works there as a nurse practitioner and Trainer’s husband. She was subjected to a medically-induced coma for 10 days. Although they still didn’t know what was wrong with Trainer, they were told that she had to undergo amputation.
“We didn’t know if she was going to live or die because we didn’t know what was causing this,” said Premier who added that the bacteria was causing her stepmother’s limbs to die.
Eventually, the Aultman doctors told them that Trainer has capnocytophaga which is a blood infection that comes from the mouths of dogs and cats. In rare cases, such as Trainer’s, humans are infected through bites, scratches or coming in close contact with an infected animal.
Premier said that Trainer just had her most recent surgery last Saturday after going through eight different others with possibilities that she will be needing more.
“She’s medically stable and has a very positive outlook. She’s very hopeful to get back to some form of life,” said Premier who said Trainer is already awake. The family is also hopeful that she will be discharged soon to start her rehabilitation.
A GoFundMe page has already raised about $15,000 to help cover Trainer’s medical bills.
In a similar case, the Associated Press reported about a Wisconsin man who had his forearms and legs amputated in 2018 after getting infected with capnocytophaga. He was forced to undergo 10 operations.
Source: ABC News