A 30-year-old woman has had her right arm and left leg amputated, and must still endure having her left hand removed as she fights for her life after developing toxic shock syndrome. Adding to her medical nightmare, doctors still don’t know how she developed the infection.
Anna Norquist of South Bend, Indiana, became ill with TSS caused by group A Streptococcus, her family said, the same bacteria that cause strep throat.
“It’s been devastating. But I have to try to remain grateful that they were able to save her life. We can deal with life,” her brother Patrick Norquist told TODAY. “Doctors said we had an absolute miracle that she lived through what happened.”
Anna, a former gymnast, was “perfectly healthy” and living with her parents after recently moving back from Austin, Texas, her brother said. About two weeks ago, she attended a concert in Chicago on a Friday, then suddenly started feeling ill that Sunday.
“It got so bad that after about 24 hours, she couldn’t even lift her head up to take a sip of water. Her kidneys hurt, she couldn’t urinate,” Patrick Norquist said.
After being admitted to the hospital, Anna was in so much pain and her blood pressure was so low that doctors at one point put her in a medically induced coma. She was later moved to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.