Man loses all four limbs after dog lick leads to severe infection

A biker lost both his legs and nose after his pet dog gave him a friendly lick and gave him a rare bacterial infection. "Looked like somebody beat him up with a baseball bat", Dawn Manteufel said.

Greg Manteufel, 48, is believed to have contracted the infection after his dog licked him.

'This infection in his blood triggered a very severe response on his body'.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the bacteria is found in the saliva of healthy dogs and cats.

The Fox affiliate report stated that doctors were then forced to amputate his limbs.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Manteufel's prosthetic limbs and plastic surgery on his nose.

Dawn said that despite the multiple surgeries and long road of rehab ahead, her her husband feels lucky to be alive.

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Avid biker Greg Manteufel was forced to have the bottom of his legs amputated below the knee after capnocytophaga - a awful bacteria - caused him to lose all blood circulation there through sepsis. But within a week, the doctors had to amputate both of his legs and, later, portions of his hands and forearms.

Capnocytophaga Canimorsus, a bacterial pathogen, is typically found in the saliva of cats and dogs.

"We can't wrap our heads around it that all of the sudden, he's 48 years old and been around dogs all of his life. and this happens", said Dawn Manteufel. In very rare cases, the bacteria can spread to humans through bites, scratches or close contact with cats and dogs.

"He just kept saying, 'Take what you need, but keep me alive, ' and they did. Surprisingly enough, they did do it". "People with a weakened immune systems who have difficulty fighting off infections (for example, people with cancer or those taking certain medications such as steroids) are at greater risk of becoming ill", the agency says.

Dr Munoz-Price added: 'Sometimes it decreases so much that the arms and legs just die.

"More than 99 percent of the people that have dogs will never have this issue". It has so far raised $15,000 of its $25,000 target.

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