Strep throat leads to quadruple amputation

A Michigan man is losing his hands and feet after a strep infection spread from his throat to his stomach, and then throughout his body.

ALTON, Mich. -- An extremely rare case of strep throat that almost killed a man has instead taken his hands and feet.

Kevin Breen, 44, was healthy and active when he started feeling sick on Christmas Day.

"It didn't seem that unusual," he said.

Days later, the unbearable stomach pain sent him to the emergency room.

"I never thought I'd be going in for a stomach ache and coming out a totally different person and it's life-changing," said Breen.

"He was one of the sickest patients I have ever taken care of," said Dr. Elizabeth Steensma, an acute care surgeon at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital.

Although Breen's son had had strep and fought it off, Steensma didn't think this was the same type of infection. Breen's stomach was growing and hardening. A CT scan showed his stomach was filled with puss.


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