A 44-year-old man from Grand Rapids from Michigan will require radical surgery in order to stay alive. Shortly after the first day of Christmas, Kevin Breen came down with some severe stomach pains. After a few days, he went to the hospital, only to discover that the doctors will need to amputate his hands and feet in an attempt to stop the spreading of a throat infection.
Kevin Breen, a 44-year-old father, living in Grand Rapids, declared that the whole thing started shortly after Christmas. For the past few days, the man said he had some terrible stomach pains. Seeing that the pains won’t go away, the man decided to go to the local hospital to seek treatment.
The ER doctors consulted Breen, prescribed a couple of painkillers, and sent him home. However, the man returned to the hospital after a few days spent at home, after his pains became unbearable. When Breen came back, the ER doctors told him that he might have a ruptured ulcer and scheduled him for exploratory surgery.
However, when the surgeons opened Breen’s abdomen, they’ve discovered approximately one and a half liters of pus. Dr. Elizabeth Steensma, one of Breen’s surgeons, declared that the man’s condition became critical. Thus, Steesma and her team decided to reroute the man’s blood flow in an attempt to preserve his vital organs.
Unfortunately, the surgical procedure had one major downside. Although Breen’s organs were no longer in danger, his hands and feet had to be sacrificed. But that was not the end of the story since the doctors were far from diagnosing the man’s condition.
According to Steensma, the doctors managed to identify the man’s condition after observing a rash on his abdomen. Researching his family history, the doctors learned that Breen’s son recently recovered from a strep throat infection.
After piecing together all the pieces of the puzzles, the doctors realized that the man suffered a severe strep throat infection complication. Instead of staying in his throat, the infection spread to the man’s stomach. Steesma said that this complication is a rare occurrence, with 32 cases documented so far.
The doctors managed to stabilize the patient’s condition, but in order to save his life, they will need to amputate his hands and feet. As a result, Breen has been scheduled for four surgeries in the following period.
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