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Man Opens Up About Losing Limbs After Rare Case Of Strep Throat | TODAY

November 4, 2019


HIS DETERMINE TOGS REGAIN HIS LIFE WAS UNWAVERING.>>IT WAS A CHALLENGE IN MY LIFE. I WOULD LIKE TO OVERCOME IT.>>WITH THE PASSION FOR WATER SPORTS AND HIS ZEST FOR LIFE, KEVIN GREENE WORKS AND PLAYS AT FULL THROTTLE. BUT IN 2016, THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS, HE CAME HOME EARLY FROM HIS JOB WITH A SORE THROAT AND PAIN IN HIS ABDOMEN. THE FOLLOWING DAY HE WAS EVEN SICKER. HIS WIFE JULIE BECAME CONCERNED.>>HE NEVER TOOK A DAY OFF. WHEN HE DECIDED TO STAY HOME, I’M LIKE ALL RIGHT, SOMETHING IS WRONG HERE.>>KEVIN SAYS HIS PAIN BECAME UNBEARABLE SO THEY WENT TO THE E.R.>>THAT NIGHT HE WAS JUST — IN AND OUT OF CONSCIOUSNESS. IT WAS REALLY TERRIFYING.>>KEVIN WAS RUSHED INTO SURGERY WHERE DOCTORS FOUND A STREP INFECTION THAT TRAVELED TO HIS ABDOMEN WHICH SENT HIS BODY INTO SEPTIC SHOCK. HE SOON KNEEL A COMA FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE.>>HE TOLD ME THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE HE WON’TER IS VIF.>>TO SAVE KEVIN, THEY TOOK EXTREME MEASURES INCLUDING MULTIPLE LIMB AMPUTATIONS. HE SPENT MONTHS IN GRUELING, PHYSICAL AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY.>>AND I REMEMBER TELLING HIM, LIKE, KEVIN, YOU CAN CRY.>>MY RESPONSE WAS, HOW I REACT TO THIS IS HOW OUR KIDS ARE GOING TO PERCEIVE HOW, YOU KNOW, WE TACKLE CHALLENGES IN LIFE. I GOT BETTER. AND I COULD DO MORE THINGS. AND HOLY COW, I CAN WALK. IT WAS A BIG ENCOURAGEMENT TO ME TO SAY THERE ARE LIMITATIONS.>>PHENOMENAL. WE’RE JOINED HERE NOW BY KEVIN GREENE AND HIS WIFE JULIE. GOOD MORNING TO YOU GUYS.>>GOOD MORNING.>>LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS. I THOUGHT IT WAS SO INTERESTING THAT INITIALLY YOU TESTED NEGATIVE FOR STREP THROAT.>>CORRECT.>>THAT BOGGLES MY MIND:>>I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND HOW THEY DID IT EERNL. WE WENT TO THE URGENT CARE TO GET TESTED. AND THEY SAID I DIDN’T HAVE IT. BUT THEN THEY SENT A CULTURE IN AND IT COMES BACK A FEW DAYS LATER AND I ENDED UP HAVING IT. THEY DIDN’T FIND THAT OUT UNTIL AFTER I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL FOR A FEW DAYS.>>YOU CAN’T GO DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE.>>IT HAPPENED SO FAST.>>AND JULIE, YOU WERE SAYING THAT KEVIN IS ONLY ONE TWO OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD THIS.>>ONE OF TWO MEN.>>ONE OF TWO MEN. SO MEDICALLY, IN THE WORLD, HOW WOULD YOUR TEAM EVEN KNOW?>>I KNOW. WE HAVE NO IDEA. WE’RE VERY THANKFUL. THEY TOOK GREAT CARE OF HIM.>>ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS STRIKING IS YOU SEEM TO HAVE SUCH A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR.>>YOU WERE CRACKING CRAIG UP.>>HOW OLD ARE YOUR KIDS?>>17, 7, 5.>>AND WHAT DID YOU SAY?>>I NEED MORE FINGERS TO COUNT.>>WE HAVE A LOT OF FUN WITH OUR KIDS.>>SUCH A POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON ALL OF THIS. YOU ALSO HAVE A NEW DEVICE CALLED A TASKA.>>IT IS A TASKA HAND. IT IS AN ELECTRIC HAND. YOU CAN HAVE FUN WITH IT. GOING TO THE CONCERT. .>>THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT.>>YEAH. THE.>>IF YOU WERE A NEW YORKER, YOU COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING ELSE.>>WE HEARD ABOUT THAT ON THE TOUR BUSES:>>>>IT HAS TWO PROBES AND SENSORS HERE AND HERE. LIKE IF YOU CLOSE YOUR ARM OR OPEN YOUR HAND, THAT’S EXACTLY HOW THAT MOVES.>>WOW. I CONTROL IT.>>THAT’S BEEN A GAME CHANGER.>>ABSOLUTELY. NOT TOO LONG TO GET USED TO EITHER.>>WOW.>>IT DEFINITELY HELPS.>>LET ME BRING YOU IN IT HERE AS A WIFE, MOTHER, FRIEND, TALK ABOUT THE JOURNEY FOR YOU. WE CAN’T IMAGINE SOMETHING HAPPENED WITH OUR SPOUSES AND THEN YOU HAVE THREE KIDS. TO THIS MOMENT NOW TO WHERE WE’RE HERE AND IN NEW YORK CITY. HOW HAS IT BEEN FOR YOU?>>YEAH. IT’S BEEN A LOT. YOU KNOW, WE WERE FIRST IN THE HOSPITAL, I, YOU KNOW, I CAME HOME AND TALKING ABOUT ALL OF THE RAMIFICATIONS. I WAS THINKING OKAY THIS IS GOING TO BE OUR LIFE. WE HAVE TO FIGURE THIS OUT. I’M GOING TO HAVE TO HELP KEVIN GET HIS LEGS ON AND OFF EVERY DAY AND THIS NEW NORM. AND KEVIN IS JUST REALLY PERSEVERED THROUGH ALL THIS. HE REQUIRES VERY LITTLE HELP FROM ME NOW. HE CAN TAKE CARE OF OUR CHILDREN. HE CAN TAKE CARE OF HIMSELF FOR MOST PART. HE GETS THIS ALL ON EVERY DAY BY HIMSELF. AND IT’S DRIVING AGAIN. IT HELPS.>>KEVIN, I GOT TO ADMIT, I DON’T KNOW THAT I WOULD HAVE HAD THE GRIT TO PERSEVERE AS YOU HAVE. WHAT IS IT THAT HAS YOU DOING THIS? BECAUSE YOU HAD TO GO THROUGH MULTIPLE THINGS. ALL THIS TESTING, ALL THE DIFFERENT THINGS. HOW DO YOU DO IT EVERY DAY?>>BEFORE THIS, I HAD A TON OF ENERGY. I ALWAYS HAD A LOT OF ENERGY. I AM ALWAYS VERY INDEPENDENT. TO NOT BE INDEPENDENT AND BE STUCK IN A WHEELCHAIR WHICH I WAS FOR A WHILE, IT DROVE ME NUTS. I MEAN, JUST EVEN GOING IN YOUR KITCHEN AND TRYING TO GET A PLATE. YOU CAN’T DO IT. SO IT’S MORE OF A NECESSITY AND TRYING TO JUST GET BACK TO WHERE YOU USED TO BE.>>WOW.>>YOU LEARNED HOW TO — YOU RELEARN HOW TO WALK, DRIVE, DRIVE A BOAT AND WAKE BOARD. WAKE BOARD AND SKI.>>LOOK AT THIS.>>WHAT HAS IT MEANT TO THE TWO OF YOU AS A COUPLE? BECAUSE YOU ARE A COUPLE.>>IT BROUGHT US CLOSER TOGETHER, TO ARE SURE. OF SHE TOOK CARE OF ME LIKE — I MEAN, SHE HAD TO DO EVERYTHING. LITERALLY, I WAS LIKE A BABY.>>WOW. THAT’S AMAZING.>>THE CLOSENESS, YOU SPEND SO MUCH TIME TOGETHER. AND THEN I GUESS — SHE GAVE ME SO MUCH HELP. THAT’S PART OF WHY I WANT TO BE MORE INDEPENDENT. NOT MAKE HER DO SO MUCH STUFF. WHAT CAN I DO AROUND THE HOUSE? DO DISHES. HELP WITH DISHES. HELP FOLD CLOTHES. LITTLE THINGS LIKE THAT. OTHERWISE, IT’S ON HER. OF SHE CAN’T DO EVERYTHING. I MEAN, SH HE CAN. BUT THAT’S NO THE WHAT I WANT.>>THE YOU’RE A GOOD MAN. THIS SERIES IS CALLED “GRIT.”>>JULIE, YOU’RE A GOOD WOMAN.>>YES, BOTH OF YOU GUYS.

16 Comments

  • Reply Samuel Hall October 25, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    He's the guy that young men should strive to be. Perseverance.

  • Reply Ze Bunker October 25, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    No

  • Reply Davontae Wells October 25, 2019 at 11:17 pm

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  • Reply Mr. James October 26, 2019 at 12:25 am

    I'm amputee

  • Reply DeGrate1896 October 26, 2019 at 12:40 am

    Kevin Breen shows a beautifully positive outlook here, but no doubt there are moments of deep despair and frustration. From strep throat to loss of limbs; this story shows that life can change in the twinkling of an eye, so we should all put our best selves forward everyday and use every capacity we have to do good in and for the world. Word up for enduring love, hope, and happiness to this family.

  • Reply Shannon October 26, 2019 at 1:12 am

    Amazing and scary story. My son gets strep all the time even after strep test says negative they send culture off comes back positive. What a great man to look up to when he could have given up. As a wife, that's exactly how I would be too. That's exactly what you vow the day you marry the love of your life.

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  • Reply Transformation October 26, 2019 at 4:26 am

    Wife has gorgeous hair. They both really love and honor one another. Lovely to see.

  • Reply Umeko Candy Kohn October 26, 2019 at 5:04 am

    Such a Tenacious Beautiful Couple. ??that God continues Blessing them and their Family.

  • Reply Teddy Cabuno Jr October 26, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Mind over matter !

  • Reply A Simpson October 26, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Beautiful

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  • Reply Gabby Davis October 29, 2019 at 2:14 am

    1 of 2 men in the world that’s crazy

  • Reply Mechanism Malfunction October 29, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Wow I admire his mindset. I don’t think I would be able to overcome something like this in life. ?

  • Reply Miss Mick October 30, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    Absolutely awesome! Love his family!

  • Reply Daisy Dejesus October 31, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Your a champ! ?

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