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Man loses legs, arms and nose because of dog but loves her as much as ever

Even amputation won't stop man loving his dog dog-serious
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We often talk about the boundless love our dogs have but every so often a story comes along that shows us humans love our pets just as much as they love us.

By Natasha James

Published on the 13/10/2019, 11:00, Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:23

Unconditional love

In June 2018, Greg Manteufel began to suffer from fever, weakness and aching limbs. As he continued to deteriorate, he was rushed to hospital.

Here, the doctors informed him that he had a potentially life-threatening blood infection known as Capnocytophaga Canimorsus. This extremely rare condition (the chances of winning the lottery five times in one day are apparently higher) is found in the saliva of dogs and cats.

Doctors suspected Greg’s pitbull Ellie as the source of the infection. Otherwise known as Zoonosis, this incredibly rare condition can be passed on to humans by dogs and cats.


A serious illness

Unfortunately, during the course of his illness and treatment, Greg had to have his leg, arms and nose amputated.

But, despite everything, Greg loves Ellie as much as ever and says he doesn’t blame her. He even decided not to test her as he’d been licked by other dogs that day and didn’t want to demonise Ellie.


A real dog lover

Greg says that during his time in hospital, he dreamed of going home to Ellie. In fact, he’s let Ellie lick him again several times since and there have been no further health issues.

Mr. Manteufel has prostheses to help him live a normal life and he always has Ellie by his side.

We think this man’s positive attitude and love throughout his difficulties is really quite incredible and we wish him and Ellie all the best.

 
ICYMI: An incredible story about survival and perseverance.

An incredible story about survival and perseverance. Last year, Greg Manteufel lost all of his limbs after contracting a rare infection from a dog lick. It was then he vowed to walk again. More than one year — and 27 surgeries — later, this West Bend man is seeing that promise through. LINK: https://bit.ly/31SrM6r

Posted by FOX6's Kasey Chronis on Sunday, October 6, 2019