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Woman Has Limbs Amputated After Suffering Rare Form Of Strep Throat

For Strep-A Bacteria 'It was like something from a horror movie': Woman, 27, loses six fingers and two toes to virulent strep throat infection that nearly killed her
Tobias Pedroso | 21 Marcha, 2017, 01:04

When Smith awoke, she discovered that some of her fingers and toes had turned black.

A Tennessee woman thought she was suffering from a common case of strep throat, but it led to her being placed in a medically-induced coma and having several fingers and toes amputated.

Smith was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance and put into a medically induced coma for a week.

Smith and Weinzierl agree it was a challenging experience to go through, but after seeing a similar story about a man in MI who needs a quadruple amputation, Smith says she is lucky. She spoke with WATE 6 after seeing a similar story about a MI man. Shelby Smith never thought a sore throat would bring her to the emergency room.

"There was a pretty big chance I could have died", Shelby Smith told Fox 6.

"Still in my mind I don't think I was as sick as I really was", she said.

Despite the loss of her fingers, she's determined to move forward with life.

'These cases are very rare, there are only a few hundred a year, ' King said.

Every finger on her right hand was partially amputated.

He continued to say that this rare form of strep is not contagious. She lost two toes on her left foot, her left index finger and was only left with one joint on her right hand. Very few people can get it through their respiratory system or sometimes through their skin.

"Little did I know, I was going into septic shock", Smith said.

"I'd say this is one of the most life-threatening illnesses that we see as far as a bacterial infection".

To save her organs, doctors redirected blood flow from her limbs, similar to what happened with 44-year-old Kevin Breen.

Then, she woke up to her hands that "looked like something from a horror movie", she said.

Smith's finance Caleb Weinzierl, 24, nursed her back to health through the grueling ordeal.

"I'll never forget that whole month", Smith and Weinzierl said. Smith said she does not have insurance and medical bills are starting to pile up. Her family set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical costs.