In England, a 19-year-old student had to have several fingers and both legs amputated after contracting a serious infection from the remains of his roommate’s meal.
The story of JC, a 19-year-old English student, has everyone wanting to check his leftovers in the fridge. This young English man who lives with a roommate simply wanted to enjoy the leftovers of his roommate’s meal and found himself, a few hours later, suffering from a very serious infection which ended up leading to the amputation of several of his fingers, but also of his two legs below his knees. It all started with leftover chicken noodles, which the victim’s roommate had eaten the night before. Only the latter was sick after eating and, rather than throwing away the suspicious meal, put it back in the fridge where it was then eaten by JC. Shortly after his meal, JC began to have severe stomach pains and nausea, and that was when purple spots appeared on his skin that a friend took him to the emergency room.
All the symptoms pointed to an infection: a high temperature, a heart rate of 166 beats per minute and deteriorating skin. JC must have quickly been put to sleep, and, according to the New England Journal of Medicine which documented this case, was then taken to intensive care in another hospital better equipped to deal with the gravity of his situation. According to the report, JC has developed symptoms in just under 24 hours, including the formation of blood clots and kidney failure. According to his blood tests taken during his first hospitalization, his blood contained the Neisseria meningitidis bacteria. According to Dr. Bernard, who took up this case to illustrate it on his medical Youtube channel, “When the bacteria is present in the blood, all the blood vessels in the body dilate so that the blood pressure decreases, which prevents oxygen from reaching all the organs”.
JC woke up after 26 days in a coma
The small blood clots that then formed also prevented blood flow to JC’s extremities, depleting his hands and feet of oxygen and blood. The skin on his fingers and lower legs then began to gangrene, which resulted in the amputation of several fingers and his legs. JC is came out of a coma 26 days after his hospitalization and his condition has improved, but he will now have to adjust to his new physical condition. According to Dr. Bernard, although infections are a common reaction of the immune system when it finds itself under threat, such severe sepsis is rare.
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