An infection from a dog lick cost a man his limbs

Leslie Hanson
August 1, 2018

Greg Manteufel of Wisconsin, had to be rushed to the hospital as a result of an infection caused by coming into physical contact with saliva from a dog.

This bacteria caused the sepsis in Greg's body that has completely changed not only Greg's life but his entire family's as well.

The 48-year-old has had to have all four of his limbs amputated. He had developed a severe infection of the bacteria Capnocytophaga canimorsus, which is common in dog saliva, and that infection turned septic.

Then, three weeks after he was first admitted, both of Greg's hands up to his mid palms were amputated.

Doctors were also forced to amputate his hands, The Washington Post reported.

These bacteria are found in the mouths of cats and dogs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

After discovering the Manteufels have a pet dog named Ellie, the medical staff told Dawn that her husband likely was infected after being licked.

This happened so severely in Manteufel's case that doctors saw no other option but to start removing his limbs.

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Doctors said the infection was likely caused by being licked by his dog. It's not clear which dog was carrying the bacteria.

"He loves dogs. He would touch any dog; he doesn't care", she said of her husband of 15 years.

For the past month, Manteufel has been at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He recently had surgery to remove dead tissue and muscle from his leg amputations. This week, he will have two more, again to clean up dead tissue.

His wife reports he remains in good spirits despite all that's happened to him.

"It hit him with a vengeance - just bruising all over him", said his wife, Dawn Manteufel. "There's no negativity from him so far ..." He may have to go through a reconstruction surgery for his nose, his wife said, because lack of blood flow caused it to turn black. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up and has generated nearly $30,000 as of Wednesday morning.

"More than 99 percent of the people that have dogs will never have this issue", she said.

Family friend Jason Marchand, who set up the page, said: 'Greg has held his head high and is taking all the news like a beast.


Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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