Woman’s four limbs tragically amputated after contracting Rocky Mountain spotted fever from one tick bite

Woman’s four limbs tragically amputated after contracting Rocky Mountain spotted fever from one tick bite

Jo RogersAn Oklahoma woman was on a lake vacation when she was bitten by a tick infected with Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Jo Rogers, 40, was put into a medical coma so her four limbs could be amputated in order to stop the deadly disease from spreading.

The Daily Mail reports,

Rocky Mountain spotted fever has been known to kill those infected with it, with 75 per cent mortality rates if left untreated, according to Mayo Clinic.

If caught and treated in the first several days it kills less than one per cent of those affected by the disease that damages and inflames blood vessels.

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It is carried most commonly by the American Dog Tick, with central states such as Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma seeing the most cases.

Symptoms of the disease include fatigue, fever, headache, vomiting and muscle soreness.
Rogers’s condition deteriorated, but she wasn’t taken to the hospital during the first five days of symptoms, when treatment is most effective.

One of the most commons signs of RMSF is the development of a rash around the wrists and ankles, but family said that Rogers did not receive any of the small pink dots.

Tests for West Nile Virus and meningitis both came back negative as the mother developed a blood clot in her lungs.

Doctors have also put the patient on dialysis to prevent her kidneys from failing, according to the Shawnee News-Star.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the cost of her medical treatment and prosthetic limbs. Rogers and her husband have two young children. Their lives will never be the same. So far, $39,000 has been raised. Let’s keep the money rolling in! Share this post everywhere.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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