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Baby loses all his hands & feet after throat infection turns to sepsis

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019


A mum has shared the horrifying details of her baby losing all four of his limbs after a throat infection turned into deadly sepsis.

Oliver Aisthorpe has made a miraculous recovery after doctors warned mum Abigail Wardle, 23, that her 11-month-old son wasn’t going to pull through.

And even after he beat the infection, Abigail, from Cleethorpes, in the UK, had to endure the horror of Oliver’s leg self-amputating and coming away in her hand as she held him in his hospital bed.

It was a shocking ordeal considering just 48 hours earlier he’d been a happy, giggling little boy.

Oliver Aisthorpe has made a miraculous recovery after a deadly illness robbed him of all four limbs. Picture: Caters News

Oliver Aisthorpe has made a miraculous recovery after a deadly illness robbed him of all four limbs. Picture: Caters News

“Oliver had seemed a bit under the weather. But that night, he got more ill and seemed lifeless,” Abigail said. “When I moved him, it was as though his bones were aching.”



Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Layne Perkins nearly lost his leg to a rare flesh-eating virus

IT SOUNDS like the premise of a horror movie: a flesh-eating virus fiercely and quickly eating away at its victim.

But for one Mount Chalmers man, that nightmare became a reality over nine weeks ago, when he noticed his leg slowly begin to melt away.

In early March, Layne Perkins noticed something was wrong with the bottom of his leg.

However, it wasn’t until he went on holiday at Rainbow Beach at the end of the month that the symptoms suddenly “blew up” and he was left bed-ridden and unable to walk.

“It all started with a red rash on my foot that turned into a bit of a pimple,” Mr Perkins said.

“Then a black spot came up and suddenly within 24 hours I had a half-inch hole eating away at my flesh.

“That’s how aggressive it is. My leg was all eaten out.

“There’s a massive big chunk of the bottom of my leg. It looks like I was bitten by a shark.”

Mr Perkins was rushed to Gympie Hospital where doctors were left dumb-founded.

“I spent seven days in Gympie Hospital,” he said.

“They couldn’t find what it was. There were no surgeons there and they wouldn’t transfer me to Wesley Hospital in Brisbane.

“I discharged myself and my wife picked me up.

“I laid in the back of the Landcruiser to Rockhampton and I was in agony the whole way home.”

Mr Perkins went straight to Rockhampton’s Mater Hospital and spent five days there, with doctors electing to perform a biopsy from a cut on the sole of his foot.

“They shook their heads and sent me straight to Brisbane,” he said.

The results confirmed that Mr Perkins had an extremely rare disease called Legionnaire’s disease, a severe form of pneumonia.

“The doctors were mystified because I didn’t get pneumonia. I had weepy eyes but no pneumonia,” he said.

The correlation between the disease and the rapid loss of flesh on Mr Perkins leg has left doctors stunned.

“I’ve had three or four different specialists in infectious disease in the private hospital coming in and shaking their head. They’re never seen anything like it,” he said.

“It was so quickly and fiercely eating the flesh away until they hit me with that many antibiotics to stop it.

“They’re saying it’s been caused by volcanic ash from America but I’ve never been to America and nobody from America has visited my place.”

Mr Perkins had been recovering from a rare form of kidney cancer, RS3PE syndrome, when the disease began attacking his leg.

He believed the time he spent working with grinding discs or with potting mix whilst making a hydroponic system at home might have caused the disease, but he has not received any answers.

“I contacted Cr Neil Fisher and he has never heard of any complaints with potting mix,” he said

Mr Perkins said after his battle with cancer and his current diagnosis, he was left wondering, “what is causing all these rare bugs that are attacking my body?”

Mr Perkins is currently at Wesley Hospital, having his leg bandaged every day and awaiting skin grafts to repair the damage done to his leg.

“It’s tremendous what they’ve done. I thought I might lose my leg,” he said.

“I’m uncomfortable and I’m always in pain. I had to be on nitrous because you couldn’t even touch my whole leg, it was so bad.

“I lost 15kg in 12 days.

“At this stage I sit and wait for this leg to recover and hope someone can advise me where the origin of this bug first made contact with me.”

Mr Perkins is slowly getting back on his feet and will receive skin grafts, which may take weeks to adhere.

Central Queensland Public Health Unit, Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service’s Dr Gulam Khandaker said there have only been 28 reported cases of Legionella-related disease in the past 10 years.

There are more than 50 species of Legionella bacteria and most of the reported cases were Legionella longbeachae and Legionella pneumophila, with a handful that were unspecified.

“The CQ Public Health Unit has no previous record of Legionelle sainthelensi in Central Queensland,” Dr Khandaker said.

“The first symptoms of Legionnaire’s disease are non-specific flu-like symptoms including fever, headache and muscle aches.

“There may be a mild cough. Some people develop diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

“The illness usually progresses rapidly, and the chest infection symptoms become obvious with high fever, shortness of breath and chest pain typical symptoms.”

Legionnaire’s disease is uncommon in young people and extremely rare in children.

Those most at risk of serious illness are 50 years and over and with a weak immune system or an existing medical condition.

Legionella bacteria are found naturally in the environment and are particularly associated with water, thriving in warm water and warm damp places.

Legionella longbeachae are commonly found in soil, compost and potting mix and Legionella pneumnophila are found in bodies of water.

“When handling potting mixes and composts, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions,” Dr Khandaker said.

“Avoid inhaling airborne particles by keeping the mix moist and opening bagged mixes in a well-ventilated space.

“Try not to touch your face when handling garden mixes and always wash your hands, even if gloves have been worn.”

Finger cut leaves Australian dad fighting for life with flesh-eating bacteria

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

An Australian father remains in hospital with a potentially deadly flesh-eating bacteria after cutting his finger at work.

What started as a small cut has left a Victorian dad fighting for life with a flesh-eating bacteria, his family says.

Two weeks ago, Jeff Beck thought he had the flu. A day later, he was undergoing emergency surgery and doctors discovered he had necrotising fasciitis.

Health experts believe the potentially deadly flesh-eating bacteria is caused by microscopic bugs commonly found on the body.

It gets under the skin through open wounds or small cuts before destroying fat and muscle.

“This was caused simply from a small cut on his finger which he did at work – something that happens almost daily when you are doing physical labour,” Mr Beck’s daughter Stephanie wrote on a GoFundMe page.

“Jeff has so far had a quarter of his torso removed to cut out the dead tissue.

“They are now giving him hyperbaric chamber treatments twice a day to help stop the infection spreading and to also treat his large open wound.”

Mr Beck was placed in an induced coma and underwent multiple surgeries but was improving by the day at Melbourne’s The Alfred Hospital , Stephanie said.

“I went and sat with Dad last night and he could respond to my questions by blinking,” she wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

“He would obviously be very scared and confused waking up as he will have no idea what has happened to him – the last time he was awake he thought he just had the flu.

“Nurses say he is absolutely smashing it.”

Mr Beck’s family, from Moe, are hoping to raise money for treatment and accommodation costs.

Henry Sapiecha

Rare flesh-eating cancer shock surprise after visit to dentist

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Ceri Jones thought she had an abscess — No- She had a rare flesh-eating cancer

Bravery of Ceri Jones

The Ceri Jones flesh eating disease story

CERI Jones thought it would just be a routine trip to the dentist.

The 21-year-old had a lump in her mouth she thought was an abscess, so went to the dentist for a check up. It was only then the pub chef from Wales was horrified to lean her problem was in fact a serious, very rare, form of flesh-eating cancer.

The dentist did X-rays and told her there was nothing there so sent her to hospital for more tests. She then got the devastating diagnosis.

“It was November last year when I was diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma and was referred to Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

“I’d never heard of anything like it, I was so shocked that I actually had it to be honest,” The Mirror reported.

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma affects the salivary glands of the head and neck. She needed 36 hours on the operating table to remove the tumour. But she also lost her left eye.

But that wasn’t all.

The cancer was at an advanced stage after it had spread so her upper left jaw and upper left facial bones were also replaced with titanium metal and her face needed to be reconstructed.

She also lost her teeth on the left side as she had to have the muscle and skin on her right thigh grafted into her mouth.

Miss Jones told the Daily Post the horrifying detail of the operation.

“I was under sedation for two weeks while they did it and took skin and muscle from my right thigh to replace the left and side palate in my mouth, and they had to connect major arteries to blood vessels in my neck so the palate would keep alive.”

The British health system has paid for her to fly to Florida, in the United States, to undergo specialist radiotherapy for the next few months.

But she has to meet her own costs to cover day-to-day living and other expenses, so her family have launched a GoFundMe page has been set up to help with hopes to raise almost $10,000.

Her mum Sarah Evans said: “I relive this nightmare every day from the day we took Ceri to Liverpool to the day she came home and the morning she went down to theatre for the longest life-changing surgery and the complications she had thereafter.”

She said she was proud of the “bravery and strength” her daughter had shown.

“She’s an inspiration.”

Henry Sapiecha

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Australia Queensland Gold Coast mum’s small red lump almost cost her life

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Palm Beach mother Kate Dwyer is recovering from a mysterious skin condition that could have been fatal.image

Palm Beach mother Kate Dwyer is recovering from a mysterious skin condition that could have been fatal. Picture: David Clark

IT started off as a small red lump but in just a day it grew to the size of a frisby and nearly cost Kate Dwyer her life.

The Palm Beach mother-of-two’s left buttock has been ravaged by a mysterious skin condition that has doctors and scientists baffled.

Debate rages over the origin of her growing wound which could have been caused by anything from bacteria to a flesh-eating spider.

Kate Dwyer recovering at home image

Ms Dwyer, who has spent the past six weeks in and out of hospital, said she thought she was bitten by a white- tailed spider.

“I didn’t feel anything, I had no idea that I’d been bitten by something,” she said.

“It just noticed a little red dot on my left buttock, a bit like a pimple.”

The 35-year-old then started having bad body aches, a high temperature and she was vomiting every 10 minutes as the intruder took over her body.

“I was so unwell and everything hurt so I didn’t think much of the little dot and I just put antiseptic on it,” she said.

“I kept thinking it was nothing and that it would ­disappear.”

White Tailed Spider could be responsible for Ms Dwyer’s bite.CSIRO image

A White Tailed Spider could be responsible for Ms Dwyer’s bite. Picture: CSIRO

Ms Dwyer said the little dot on her buttock quickly grew to the size of a golf ball and eventually to the size of a frisby within half a day.

“It was hard as a rock and really sore to touch,” she said. “The doctor said to go straight to hospital so I went to John Flynn Private ­Hospital.”

Doctors took one look at the wound and wheeled her into surgery where they tried to remove dead and unhealthy skin tissues.

Ms Dwyer has spent nearly two weeks in hospital where she underwent a second surgery and was told if the wound was left untreated it could have been fatal.

Ms Dwyer said she can’t recall feeling the near fatal bite.image

Ms Dwyer said she can’t recall feeling the near fatal bite. Picture: David Clark

The photos of her buttock, which are too gruesome for publication, show the extent to which the poison ravaged her skin and flesh.

“It basically poisons your bloodstream,” she said.

“It was excruciating … it looks like it has been burnt.

“Skin is peeling off and there are blisters.”

The head of Queensland Museum’s arachnological division, Dr Robert Raven, said it was “impossible” for a white-tailed spider to cause such a reaction.

“There are only a couple of spider bites that can be recognised easily from the bite,” he said.

“The first one is the funnel web … and the second one is a redback.

“No other spider bites are diagnosable by the bite.”

White-tailed spiders are commonly found in homes throughout Australia and they tend to hide in bedding or within clothes left on the floor. Ulcers and necrosis have been attributed to the bites but a scientific study showed these were caused mostly by infections.

Ms Dwyer had to visit a nurse every day to rebandage her wound since leaving hospital and doctors have hooked her to a V. A. C therapy machine to continue healing her wound.

“I haven’t worked in six weeks,” she said. “I’m a single mum so I’ve had to ask for a lot of help.”

Ms Dwyer is expected to make a full recovery.

Originally published as Mum ravaged by mystery flesh-eater


Henry Sapiecha