'Excruciating': Woman loses her limbs after her dog 'licked her'

A woman has had both her arms and legs amputated after her dog licked her.

Marie Trainer, from the US state of Ohio, fell ill on May 10 complaining of “excruciating” pain in her feet and hands, according to a GoFundMe page.

She was rushed to hospital and kept falling unconscious.

Two days later she was placed in a medically-induced coma before her family was informed “the unknown source of her illness had attacked the small vessels in her arms, hands, legs and feet”.

The virus began to shut down her organs.

Matt Trainer with his wife, Marie, after the amputations. Source: Fox 8

With no choice, the decision was made to amputate both her arms and legs.

Ms Trainer spent 80 days in hospital, Fox 8 reported.

She told the TV station the last thing she remembered was passing out on the couch before waking up 10 days later with both her arms and legs amputated.

“When I opened my eyes I didn’t know where I was,” Ms Trainer told Fox 8.

“It was very hard to find out that they had to remove my legs and my arms... very hard to cope with.”

One of the Trainer family's pooches. They believe the dogs might have transferred bacteria to Ms Trainer causing her to fall ill. Source: Fox 8

Ms Trainer and her husband had just returned from the Caribbean when she began to show flu-like symptoms and her back began to ache.

Dr Margaret Kobe said Ms Trainer suffered an infection from a bacteria called capnocytophaga.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, capnocytophaga is a bacteria which lives in the mouths of dogs and cats.

Ms Trainer and husband Matt believe she may have suffered the infection from one of their dogs.

The germs can spread through bites and scratches.

Most people don’t become sick from the bacteria, but in rare cases it can cause illness and possibly sepsis.

The Trainers won't be giving their dogs away. Source: GoFundMe/ Trainer Strong Fundraiser

Despite what happened, the couple doesn't plan on giving the dogs away.

“I’m still amazed at what it is. We still love our animals,” Mr Trainer told Fox 8.

The couple’s son Matthew told newspaper The Alliance Review his mum is now learning how to walk with prosthetic legs.

“We’re kind of progressing now,” he said.

“We’re making strides in the right direction.”

Ms Trainer isn’t the only person to lose limbs from the bacteria.

Greg Manteufel, 48, was hospitalised in June last year after being licked by a dog and lost part of his nose, feet and hands.

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