A young boy lost his hands and feet after his flu-like illness triggered a series of medical complications.
14-year-old piano protégé Mathias Uribe suffered what appeared to be a common cold in June before his condition worsened unexpectedly over the weeks.
When the teenager could suddenly no longer breathe on his own, he was rushed to the hospital and hooked to life support.
Upon further testing, it was revealed that Mathias had suffered toxic shock syndrome, a life-threatening condition typically caused by Staphylococcus aureus or A streptococcus bacteria when the body’s immune system is weakened by an infection.
In Mathias’s case, the condition was so extreme his lungs began to fail and his heart struggled to pump enough blood throughout the body, causing his limbs to start turning gangrenous.
“Sometimes when you get the flu, it does set you up for a bacterial infection. But even then, most kids don’t get nearly as sick as Mathias did,” ICU pediatrician, Dr Katie Boyle, said.
After 20 days of life support and a heart attack, Mathias underwent several emergency surgeries to have his hands and feet amputated in an attempt to save his life.
He has since his near-death experience already underwent a dozen procedures and is set to undergo several more operations.
Meanwhile, the boy’s family launched a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising enough money to cover the costs of prosthetics so that Mathias would once again be able to play piano and his favorite sports.
“We are pleased to inform you that Mathias’ surgical procedure went well. Although there are more procedures ahead, our current focus is on the next steps in recovery. Mathias has truly shown us remarkable bravery and strength throughout this journey,” they wrote.
“Despite the challenges, he’s unwaveringly focused on the path ahead, embracing every step with a heartwarming sense of determination. Your support, prayers, and encouragement have been invaluable.”
Our thoughts remain with Mathias during this challenging time.