Student had legs, fingers amputated after eating leftover Chinese takeout
By: April Carson
The unusual case of a college student from New England who lost both of his legs after eating leftovers is back in the spotlight thanks to a viral video.
According to a March 2021 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, a 19-year-old man was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital's pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) as a result of "shock, multiple organ failure, and rash."
Doctors found that the student had contracted a parasitic infection by eating raw or under-cooked fish called Sushi.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered that the parasite was anisakiasis, which after being ingested enters the gastrointestinal tract and invades through mucous membranes.
Dr. Bernard Hsu, a licensed toxicologist with the YouTube channel "Chubbyemu," posted a video of the case on Feb. 16. It has been viewed nearly 1 million times since then.
After eating rice, chicken, and lo mein leftovers from a restaurant dinner, the 19-year-old man known in the YouTube video as "JC" began experiencing abdominal discomfort and nausea. He eventually became severely ill and went to the emergency room at a hospital in Sydney, Australia.
When the part-time restaurant worker arrived at the emergency room in April, he was diagnosed with severe appendicitis and underwent surgery immediately to remove his appendix.
He began vomiting and experienced aching throughout his body, as well as dizziness, muscular weakness, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, neck stiffness, and blurred vision. His skin became purplish in hue shortly before being admitted.
He went to an emergency department, where he was flown by helicopter to a hospital following a friend's recommendation. The pal stated that he had also eaten the same meal and thrown up, but had not gotten progressively sick.
The man's temperature rose to 105 degrees and his rate was at 166 bpm. After being brought to the hospital, he began to have trouble breathing and was given oxygen.
According to Dr. Bernard, the man had Neisseria meningitidis because of his blood and urine tests. "When germs are found in the blood, the entire body's blood vessels dilate, lowering blood pressure and preventing oxygen from reaching the organs," he stated.
The 19-year-old was admitted to the hospital for a "lengthy inpatient course," which included several complications, including necrosis of his arms and legs and gangrene, resulting in the removal of portions of all ten fingers and below his knees.
While in the hospital, doctors noticed that he did not have a booster shot of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine when he was 16. Despite his numerous losses, physicians stated that his recovery had been "relatively ideal."
According to the report, a friend had eaten the same meal as the victim and promptly vomited, yet did not become progressively ill. However, the friend did not eat nearly as much of the food.
The doctors ultimately concluded that there was "no clear source for this patient's infection," but stated that many patients with meningococcal disease do not initially display any symptoms, which can complicate diagnosis and treatment on time.
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