Man Who Lost His Limbs And Nose After Dog Licked Him Stays Loyal To Pet
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A man's life was changed forever when he was forced to have his limbs amputated after his dog licked him.
Grge Manteufel had contracted a rare blood infection, which meant he had to have his legs and arms removed, as well as losing part of his face.
However, he has said that he is standing by his dog Ellie.
He even admitted that the dog had licked him since he has had his amputations, and he has felt fine.
A painter from Wisconsin, Manteufel was rushed to the hospital on 26 June 2018, complaining of a fever and feeling weak.
Medics soon found that he had a severe blood infection, which was caused by a bacteria named capnocytophaga. It's found in the mouths of dogs and cats.
Although it was likely that the infection came from Ellie, the family decided not to get Ellie tested to determine if it was down to her.
According to People, Manteufel said that he had been around many different dogs before he fell ill, so didn't know if it would be his that caused it.
He told Time: "We weren't going to get rid of her if it was her that caused it anyway. We just love her to death."
He is having more tests to find out whether he is particularly susceptible to being infected. Doctors hope that they can work out why he did, in order to prevent people from getting this ill in the future.
Speaking to FOX 6, Manteufel said: "I couldn't wait to see her when I got out of the hospital. We don't want people to be scared of their dogs because of what happened to me."
"I've been around dogs my whole life, having them lick at me in my face and hands and everywhere," he explained.
"The doctors told me I could have probably hit the lottery five times that day before I should have got what I got that day from a dog."
He is now getting used to life using prosthetics, saying he can now use cutlery, open doorknobs, cut food and use a TV remote; he's awaiting surgery to correct his nose.
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