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Man's legs, hands amputated - all because a dog licked him

Man's legs, hands amputated - all because a dog licked him

Greg Manteufel, a 48-year-old Wisconsin man, recently had to have both of his hands and his legs amputated after contracting a bacterial infection, most likely from a dog's licks.

Greg Manteufel, of West Bend, Wisc., landed in the emergency room last month with what he thought was the flu, Fox 6 Now reported.

48-year-old Manteufel began to go into septic shock as the mysterious symptoms continued to worsen.

"It hit him with a vengeance. Looked like somebody beat him up with a baseball bat", said his wife, Dawn Manteufel.

Greg Manteufel was infected by Capnocytophaga canimorsus, a bacteria that is found in the salvia of dogs and cats.

This type of bacteria is found in the mouths of 60 percent of dogs and about 17 percent of cats, however, it is a normal bacteria and this sort of case very rarely happens. The bacteria dramatically slows down the body's blood circulation and decreases blood pressure. Surprisingly enough, they did do it, ' she said.

The Manteufel family created a GOFUNDME account to raise money for medical expenses.

Dawn said that despite the multiple surgeries and long road of rehab ahead, her her husband feels lucky to be alive.

Eventually the limbs started turning black and doctors had to amputate both legs and both arms. Within days of being admitted to the hospital while still fighting for his life, Greg first lost both feet, after a second surgery to remove more damage on legs, they amputated thru both kneecaps. The bacteria could have come from any of those dogs that licked him, Dawn said.

According to the West Gate Pet Clinic, Capnocytophaga canimorsus infections are transmitted primarily through contact with a pet's saliva, generally through a bite wound, although infections may also be caused by a pet merely licking an open wound or burn.

After discovering the Manteufels have a pet dog named Ellie, the medical staff told Dawn that her husband likely was infected after being licked. They say 99 percent of dog owners will never have this problem.

The bacteria, called Capnocytophaga canimorsus, "just attacked him", Dawn said, and it did so quickly and aggressively.

People with weakened immune symptoms are at greater risk for becoming ill, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The family set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for future surgeries, therapy and hand and leg prosthetics.


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