Man Loses Fingers to the Flu!

Playing I Lost My Fingers from the Flu

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The Doctors welcome Joei who suffered from an extreme case of the flu and lost his fingers. He is also awaiting the amputation of some of his toes as a result of complications from the illness.

He tells us he began shaking and sweating while at work and went to an urgent care. He says he had a high temperature, unstable blood pressure, and was experiencing shortness of breath. He tells us that his flu test came back negative but was told to go to the hospital. After being admitted to ICU, he says he lost consciousness and says he was told that doctors feared for his life. He explains he was next placed on dialysis and further testing indicated that he was suffering from a severe case of the flu.

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He developed pneumonia and sepsis and his hands and feet became swollen and blistered and had to have fingers amputated.  He reveals that will also need to have his toes amputated. He tells us that he has received the flu shot for the last six years including this year and he never expected he would get the flu.

Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra explains that even though people still get the flu with the flu shot, that is has been shown to often times keep people from dying after contracting the illness. She feels that the flu shot may have helped save his life.

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The Doctors are pleased to tell Joei that our friends at Hanger Clinic will evaluate him, and if he’s a good candidate to be fit with prosthetic devices, Hanger Clinic will work with Joei to get him the devices he needs. The Doctors note that Joei's case is a great example of why getting the flu shot is so important.