A tick bite led to amputations on all four of an Oklahoma woman’s limbs recently. The sickness passed on by the tick is called Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, according to CNN.
Doctors did the amputations to save Jo Rogers’ life from the aggressive bacteria the tick gave out.
It’s the worst case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever they’d seen, Roger’s cousin Lisa Morgan told CNN affiliate KOCO.
Rogers fought for her life on a ventilator in a medically induced coma. Her family is now focusing her attention on getting through this.
“You’re going to get to watch your boys grow up,” her cousin Lisa Morgan tells her. Rogers, 40, has two sons, ages 12 and 17. The intensity of Rogers’ case may be rare, but infections unfortunately are not.
Few people die from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever now, states CNN, since it can be treated with antibiotics. But treatment should start in the first five days of infection. Rogers appears to have missed that time frame.
A “carrier tick” may have dropped onto Rogers when she visited Grand Lake in northeast Oklahoma during her vacation in July.