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Australian Socialite Undergoes 36 Surgeries, Has Both Feet Amputated After Bitten By Mosquito In Lagos.

Stephenie Rodriguez, a 52-year-old Australian woman, has recounted her ordeal after contracting malaria and having both feet amputated.
She claims she had an 18-month nightmare after contracting cerebral malaria from a mosquito bite while visiting Lagos, Nigeria.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, while speaking at a business gathering of travel executives, the single mother and digital entrepreneur was invited for a picture session next to a pool of stagnant water.

The socialite revealed that she was bitten three times by mosquitos on her left ankle when she was there.
Rodriguez said she deliberately bathed herself in mosquito repellant because she had previously had a terrible reaction to an anti-malarial medicine.
Rodriguez said she felt fatigued and exhausted days after coming to India, but disregarded the emotion as “out of character” and chalked it up to “compound jet lag.” Rodriguez’s next stop was Boston, her first visit to the United States, but her trip was cut short when she was brought to the hospital after struggling to eat and drink.

Rodriguez was diagnosed with cerebral malaria by an infectious diseases specialist only 24 hours later, but she had already passed out.
Rodriguez had only a 2% chance of survival when a medicine used to treat severe malaria, Artesunate, put her into septic shock and organ failure, according to experts. Vasopressor medicines were used to divert blood flow from her limbs to her important organs in a last-ditch bid to preserve her life.

“It was the last trick in the bag, and they cautioned my family that if I survived, there would be collateral damage,” she said.

“The vasopressors robbed my feet and hands, the things furthest from my heart, of blood and like frostbite, the areas without blood and oxygen began to die.”

The drugs caused her feet and hands to blacken from necrosis and at one point she witnessed her own toe fall off into her hand.

“It was horrible, absolutely horrible. Completely unimaginable,’ she said.

Rodriguez was taken back to Australia, where doctors informed him that he would need an above-the-knee amputation as well as the removal of numerous fingers.
She decided to postpone the treatment rather than undergo many skin transplants and surgeries to see if her health would improve.
She eventually had to have her remaining toes severed, and she gradually realized she couldn’t wait any longer.
Rodriguez, who was wheelchair-bound and unable to stand due to excruciating discomfort, had both feet amputated and replaced with above-ankle bilateral osseointegrated implants and mechanical feet.

“It’s bizarre, but I had to cut my feet off to walk again,” she said.

A pair of prosthetic feet are attached to the ends of each rod using an Allen key, allowing Rodriguez to move around freely once more.
Rodriguez, on the other hand, is the first woman in Australia to have the implants and artificial feet invented by Munjed Al Muderis, an Australian academic.

Author: Editor

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