A Wisconsin man who lost his arms and legs to a rare blood infection caused by licks of a dog is soon going to walk again is determined to walk again. The 48-year-old also said that he will not stop loving dogs. Greg Manteufel was admitted to hospital in June and was only released after undergoing ten surgeries.
In the initial days, he couldn't walk properly and spotted bruises on his body. Dr Patrick Hettinger, a plastic surgeon at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee was quoted as saying, "When Greg had come in he had developed a severe bloodstream infection with rare bacteria capnocytophaga."
Capnocytophaga is a bacteria which is commonly found in the saliva of cats and dogs. However, rarely has the bacteria resulted in illness in people. While Manteufel has a dog it is not clear if he contracted the infected from his animal or another one.
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As blood circulation towards his forearms and legs stopped, surgeons had to amputate part of his forearms and legs. It also affected his nose and upper lip. Manteufel who is a house painter hopes to walk and drive again. He thanks his doctors for his revival and being with him during the tough journey.
Dr Hettinger said, "Through all of this, the real star of the show is Greg. He's had the most positive attitude of any patient I have ever met and he's approached this with a fight that I don't think I've seen in any patient."