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Strep throat leads to quadruple amputation for Kent Co. man

September 30, 2019


FIRST TONIGHT– A CASE OF STEP THROAT ALMOST KILLED AN ALTO MAN. HE SURVIVED, BUT NOW WILL BE LEFT WITH NO HANDS OR FEET.IT’S A RARE CASE THAT IS NOW BEING STUDIED BY DOCTORS AT SPECTRUM. 24 HOUR NEWS 8’S HEATHER WALKER HAS THE BIZARRE MEDICAL PHENOMENON, YOU’LL ONLY SEE ON EIGHT. 3 HE WAS HEALTHLY AND ACTIVE.HIS SON ALSO HAD STREP AND FOUGHT IT OFF NO PROBLEM. BUT FOR SOME REASON, HE NEARLY DIED. WE WANT TO WARN YOU THE IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING. 3 24:17 “IT’S CRAZY”(((VIDEO OF HIM UNABLE TO USE HANDS.))) KEVIN BREEN’S HANDS AND FEET HAVE TURNED BLACK, THEY’VE LOST ALMOST ALL MOVEMENT… AND WILL HAVE TO BE AMPUTATED. “THIS ONE I CAN MOVE A LITTLE” HE NOW RELIES ON HIS WIFE JULIE TO DO PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING.(((NAT))) 23:55 “I NEVER THOUGHT GOING IN FOR A STOMACH ACHE AND COMING OUT A TOTALLY DIFFERENT PERSON AND LIFE CHANGING.” (((VIDEO OF WATER SKING)))PRIOR TO THE STREP, THE 44 YEAR OLD – WAS ALWAYS MOVING. (((VIDEO NAT))) IT WAS ON CHRISTMAS DAY THAT , HE STARTED FEELING SICK. 18:27 “IT DIDN’T SEEM THAT UNUSUAL.” DAYS LATER THE STOMACH PAIN WAS UNBARABLE. SO HE WENT TO THE ER. 4:28 “HE WAS ONE OF THE SICKEST PATIENTS I HAVE EVER TAKEN CARE OF.”DR ELIZABETH STEENSMA IS AN ACUTE CARE SURGEON AT SPECTRUM BUTTERWORTH. 2:56 ” YOU DID NOT THINK, OH THIS WAS STREP.” “OH HEAVENS NO.” KEVIN’S STOMACH WAS GETTING BIG AND HARD.A C-T SCAN SHOWED IT WAS FILLED WITH PUSS.DOCTORS THOUGHT MAYBE AN ORGAN WAS PUNCTURED.BUT COULDN’T FIND ANYTHING.3:19 “IT WAS ALMOST A MYSTERY.” “EXACTLY.” WHILE DOCTORS TRIED TO FIND THE PROBLEM BEHIND THE PAIN, KEVIN’S ORGANS WERE FAILING. AT ONE POINT HIS WIFE WAS TOLD TO GATHER FAMILY. (((FAMILY PIC))) AND PREPARE FOR THE WORST. 34:11 “THAT MOMENT WAS TERRIFYING. I JUST KIND OF LOST IT AND STOPPED AND PRAYED .” (((WIFE))) THEN, THERE WAS A CLUE. A RASH ON HIS UPPER TORSO, KNOWING THAT KEVIN’S SON HAD STREP THROAT, THEY RAN A TEST AND FOUND A COMMON SIGN OF STREP IN HIS BELLY.THE STEP TRAVELED FROM HIS THROAT TO HIS STOMACH. AND HIS BODY COULDN’T FIGHT IT. 7:44 “SO BASICALLY HE JUST HAD A VERY STRONG STRAIN OF IT, YUP AND HE WAS VERY SUSCEPTIBLE TO IT.””IT WAS THE PERFECT STORM.” “ABSOLUTELY.”DR STEENSMA FOUND 32 CASES OF PATIENTS WITH STEP TRAVELING TO THE ABDOMEN — MOST ARE FROM THE URINARY TRACK IN WOMAN.KEVIN IS ONE OF TWO MEN IN THE WORLD – WHO HAD STREP TRAVEL FROM HIS THROAT TO STOMACH.THROUGH OUT THIS WHOLE ORDEAL, KEVIN HAS CONTINUED TO SMILE.HE’S NOT BITTER, BUT HAPPY TO BE ALIVE. 35:55 “LIFE IS FOREVER GOING TO BE DIFFERENT, BUT DIFFERENT DOESN’T NECESSARILY HAVE TO BE BAD. IT’S JUST GOING TO BE WHAT WE MAKE IT AND WE JUST HAVE TO FIGURE IT OUT, FIGURE IT OUR FOR OUR KIDS. DAD’S GOING TO HAVE COOL HANDS, DAD’S GOING TO HAVE COOL FEET. WE HAVE TO BE POSITIVE” 3 THE BREENS ARE 3 THE BREENS ARE SO THANKFUL FOR THE DOCTORS. KEVIN WILL HAVE HIS FIRST AMPUTATION TOMORROW. A GO FUND ME HAS BEEN SET UP TO HELP WITH HOSPITAL COST. KEVIN WAS THE BREADWINNER IN THE FAMILY. NOW THEY ARE RELYING ON HIS WIFE’S TEACHING SALARY. WE HAVE A LINK ON WOODTV -DOT COM. 3 WRAP

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