Kevin Breen, 44, a husband and father of two from Michigan, developed an extremely rare case of strep throat that is requiring the amputation of his feet and hands.
It started out with a simple stomach ache that quickly escalated into unbearable cramps and abdominal pains. The relatively healthy Breen was soon admitted to an emergency room.
“He was one of the sickest patients I have ever taken care of,” said Dr. Elizabeth Steensma, a surgeon at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. “It was almost a mystery.”
A conducted CT scan showed his stomach was swelling with pus, causing his organs to fail. His body reverted all blood direction to keep these organs vital, which resulted in blood circulation depletion in his hands and feet.
The doctors eventually concluded Breen contracted a rare strain of strep from his recently sick son. Breen’s body was unable to fight off this strain, which took hold of his body at a devastating rate. However, Breen is thankful that he is alive, and plans to make the best of his situation.
“Life is forever going to be different,” said his wife. “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 out for our kids. Dad’s going to have cool hands, Dad’s going to have cool feet. We have to be positive.”
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