A six-year-old girl from Ohio recently lost one of her legs after the doctors diagnosed her with necrotizing fasciitis. It would appear that the potentially deadly complication was trigged by a strep throat infection. The girl’s leg has been amputated, and she’s now recovering from the surgery. Doctors believe that she will require additional surgery to survive the strep throat infection complication.
Tessa Puma of Ohio and her parents went to see a doctor a couple of weeks ago when the six-year-old complained that she was not feeling too good. The doctors diagnosed Tessa with strep throat and prescribed antibiotics.
However, Tessa’s mother told the reporters that, after just one week, her daughter started feeling worse even after taking her prescribed medicine. Moreover, the 6-year-old accused acute pain in her arms and legs. Tessa’s mother added that her daughter also caught the flu.
The girl was rushed again to the doctor. Tessa’s parents declared that they’d visited two hospitals, but none of the doctors could tell what was wrong with the girl. Finally, after the third round to a hospital, the doctors managed to determine that Tessa had necrotizing fasciitis.
According to the CDC, necrotizing fasciitis occurs when bacteria from infections such as strep throat move to the blood vessels and damage the tissue surrounding the muscles and organs called the fascia. Also known as the flesh-eating bacteria, necrotizing fasciitis kills all tissue in its wake, leading to life-threatening complications.
Regrettably, the only way to preserve the patient’s life is by amputating the limb affected by the flesh-eating bacteria. After confirming the diagnostic, the doctors told Tessa’s mother that the only way to save the girl’s life is by amputating her leg.
During the surgery, the doctors removed Tessa’s lower part of the leg. However, the doctors told the mother that more surgery is a need for the girl to survive. It would appear that the necrotizing fasciitis triggered by the strep throat also damaged parts of her back and her shoulder.
At the moment, the six-year-old from Ohio is recovering from her surgery and waiting to see what follows. Tessa’s mother told the reporters that even though the little girl lost her left leg to the disease, she’s still determined to follow her dream of becoming a dancer.
As for the doctors that treated Tessa, they believe that the girl has very good chances of surviving the complication after the upcoming surgeries.
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