You certainly don’t read this everyday: A 19-year-old student has had both of his legs and all ten fingers amputated after eating leftover takeout from his fridge, which doctors say triggered a potentially deadly disease.
The shocking case is detailed in a Youtube video posted by Dr. Bernard Hsu, a licensed toxicologist.
According to The New England Journal of Medicine, the man had to be admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit of a hospital in Massachusetts, the United States (US) after he started feeling ill. The teen, identified in the YouTube video as “JC,” had started experiencing abdominal pain and nausea after eating rice, chicken, and lo mein leftovers bought from a restaurant the day before.
The journal says JC started vomiting and experienced chills, generalised weakness, chest pain, shortness of breath, neck stiffness, and blurry vision.
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A friend who had taken JC to hospital had also eaten the noodles told doctors that he too vomitted but didn’t become as progressively sick. Doctors then decided to study JC’s medical history a bit further to determine just how he differed from his friend.
According to the journal, just hours before JC’s admission to hospital, his skin turned purple and he developed a severely high temperature, a pulse of 166 beats per minute, and had to be sedated. He also suffered blood clots and kidney failure. Tests would later reveal that his blood contained the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis.
“When bacteria is present in the blood, the entire body’s blood vessels dilate, dropping the blood pressure preventing oxygen from getting into the organs,” Dr Bernard explained.
Doctors say while his condition improved, the tissue on his fingers developed gangrene, as did his legs down to his feet. This left them with no other choice but to amputate parts of all 10 fingers and below his knees.