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A Man in Wisconsin Needed His Hands And Legs Amputated, All Because a Dog Licked Him

A Man in Wisconsin Needed His Hands And Legs Amputated, All Because a Dog Licked Him

To Dawn, it was as if her husband had just been beaten with a baseball bat.

Greg Manteufel remains hospitalized at a Milwaukee area hospital. And then his hands.

In a shocking development in the United States, a painter named Greg Manteufel developed a bacterial infection after a dog licked him.

These bruises were clots, which blocked the flow of blood to his extremities, resulting in the death of tissues and muscles.

"Why him? Why did this happen to us?".

Through a blood test, doctors diagnosed the Wisconsin resident with an infection caused by Capnocytophaga canimorsus, a bacteria often found in dog and cat saliva. It has been isolated from the saliva of healthy dogs and cats. While it's not usually harmful to human beings, there may be rarest of rare cases when the bacteria can poison the blood. The Manteufels, though, are looking on the bright side: they're grateful that the doctors were able to save the man's life.

She said she doesn't know which dog was carrying the bacteria that attacked her husband. About the time he got sick, he had been around eight dogs, including one that belongs to the couple.

"It hit him with a vengeance".

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

By late morning Tuesday, several doctors had gathered around his hospital bed, checking his vital signs and asking him questions, as he lay with his thighs propped up by a pillow, his wife told The Washington Post. "Take what you need, but keep me alive", he told doctors cutting away the diseased tissue. He will have more surgeries again this week to clean up dead tissue.

He's in good spirits, his wife said, aware of what he has lost but at peace that he must now live an entirely different life, sitting in a power wheelchair.

First, he must move back in with his parents, at least temporarily, because theirs is a one-level home where he can move around easily. Then they would sell their house to buy a one-story house. A favorite activity of his was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

His days in the hospital are also far from over.

Dawn added that he may have to go through a nose reconstruction surgery because the lack of blood has caused it to turn black. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help the family with the expensive treatment.

Despite the severity of his illness, Dawn says Manteufel has remained positive, saying "it is what it is, so we have to move forward".

It is also noted that Capnocytophaga canimorsus is commonly transmitted by dog bites and is life-threatening to those who suffer from alcoholism or asplenia, which refers to the absence of normal spleen function. Symptoms typically worsen rapidly. Greg Manteufel was reportedly licked by his own pet.

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