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Health Man Who Lost His Limbs After Dog Lick Caused Infection Speaks Out: 'I'm Not Looking Back'

21:51  10 august  2018
21:51  10 august  2018 Source:   people.com

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Greg Manteufel is keeping a positive attitude despite nearly losing his life when he contracted a rare blood infection from a dog lick in June, which led to the amputation of parts of his limbs just days later.

The infection caused Greg's blood pressure to drop and circulation in his limbs to rapidly decrease, which in itself isn't unusual for blood infections . Greg was told the infection was likely transmitted via a lick from his own dog . So far, he's had amputations on his legs up to his kneecaps (left), his

Greg Manteufel is keeping a positive attitude despite nearly losing his life when he contracted a rare blood infection from a dog lick in June, which led to the amputation of parts of his limbs just days later.

Since coming down with flu-like symptoms, Manteufel, a painter from West Bend, Wisconsin, has undergone seven surgeries — and there are more on the horizon.

“It felt like a fever and when I tried to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, my feet were just out of it,” Manteufel, 48, tells PEOPLE of June 26. “I had no power to get myself to the bathroom.”

As Manteufel’s family rushed him to a local hospital, his face began to turn black and blue. Doctors at the hospital evaluated Manteufel and transferred him to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, where he was treated for a blood infection caused by capnocytophaga, a bacteria found in the mouths of many dogs and cats, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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A man who has been around dogs all his life has been forced to have all four of his limbs amputated after contracting a rare blood infection – believe to be caused by a dog lick . Mr Manteufel’s wife, Dawn, said her husband was the picture of health before contracting the bacteria. Greg Manteufel has.

A 48-year-old man who has been around dogs his entire life has now had all four of his limbs amputated after catching an incredibly rare blood disease, likely caused by dog saliva.

While the bacteria doesn’t make animals ill, if it’s spread to humans through saliva — which is extremely rare, the CDC notes — it can cause fevers, diarrhea, headaches and vomiting. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the infection can also lead to “severe sepsis and fatal septic shock, [and] gangrene of the digits or extremities.”

a man sitting on a motorcycle: Greg Manteufel, an avid motorcyclist, with his Harley-Davidson© Provided by TIME Inc. Greg Manteufel, an avid motorcyclist, with his Harley-Davidson Two days before his fever struck, Manteufel says he was at a birthday party where he came into contact with numerous dogs who were brought by guests. He thinks it was likely there that he was infected.

“I touched all the dogs that were there, I pet ’em all, I love dogs,” he says. “What might have happened was I touched one of the dogs or they licked my hand and then I rubbed my eye or my mouth or something, because I didn’t have any scratches or bites on me, open sores or nothing like that.”

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In late June, after a Wisconsin man fell terribly ill from a capnocytophaga canimorsus bacterial infection spread by a healthy dog 's via bite, lick or As a result, Manteufel's blood pressured dropped rapidly, reducing circulation to his limbs and causing tissue damage and bruise-like marks on his

When his blood pressure dropped severely as a result of the septic infection , his limbs began to die. Severe damage occurred to his legs and arms. We just found out another beloved character who died in ‘Infinity War’ is coming back to life in ‘Avengers 4’.

Manteufel, who owns a female pit bull, says he never had a health issue stem from petting a dog before.

“I’ve been around dogs my whole life, having them lick at me in my face and hands and everywhere,” he explains. “The doctors told me I could have probably hit the lottery five times that day before I should have got what I got that day from a dog.”

The CDC reports that about three in every 10 people who become infected with capnocytophaga die, and death can occur in as little as 24 to 72 hours after symptoms start.

As Manteufel’s situation grew critical, he recalls telling doctors at Froedtert Hospital, “Do whatever you have to do to keep me alive.”

a man lying on a bed: Greg Manteufel with his beloved pit bull© Provided by TIME Inc. Greg Manteufel with his beloved pit bull But because his body had decreased circulation to his limbs in response to the infection, doctors had to amputate Manteufel’s legs. Two weeks later, they removed his forearms, as well.

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  Man's Limbs Amputated After Dog Lick Leads to Infection "Take what you need but keep me alive," he told doctors.A dog lick may have cost a Wisconsin man his limbs in a rare but tragic case. A bacteria found in dog and cat saliva led to an infection that tore through the man's body.

In late June, after a Wisconsin man fell terribly ill from a capnocytophaga canimorsus bacterial infection spread by a healthy dog 's via bite, lick or As a result, Manteufel's blood pressured dropped rapidly, reducing circulation to his limbs and causing tissue damage and bruise-like marks on his

Speaking about the reaction following his surgery, he recalls: 'People saw that I 'd lost parts of my body but what people couldn't see was the impact it Ferne McCann defends her lingerie snap as she hits out at troll who demands she 'puts her clothes back on and look after her baby' 'It's still 29 degrees!'

Dawn Zwicker-Manteufel, Manteufel’s wife, has been a constant presence at the hospital as he recovers — and will continue to be as he prepares for at least three more surgeries expected in the coming days.

After Manteufel’s hospitalization, a GoFundMe was set up to help the family with medical costs, and Manteufel hopes to be fitted for leg and hand prosthetics once he leaves the hospital.

Manteufel says he and the family will have to sell their two-story home to look for a place that will be more suitable to his needs going forward.

Despite how quickly his life changed forever, Manteufel is in good spirits.

“I’m good to go. My mind is right, I’m not looking back one minute,” he says. “It sucks, but what are you gonna do, you know? My mind’s been 100 percent positive through all of this. Looking back is going to get you nowhere.”

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