Be Careful Dog Lovers: Former Soldier Suffered A Rare Disease After He Was Licked By His Dog

First Posted: Dec 13, 2016 05:14 AM EST

Who would have thought that a lick from pet dogs can cost a life? The report shows that a former soldier fought for his life, as he was infected with a rare disease after his dog licked him.

The dog lover, David Money, 51 years old former soldier, owned seven whippets as pets. He also attended racing events.

However, David Money was in a coma for six weeks fighting the illness. He experienced double-organ failure. Also, blisters showed with the size of a tennis ball that scattered all over his body.

Experts suggested that the disease came after one of the dogs that licked a small scratch on his skin. David Money was admitted to the hospital for five months, battling the infection. His legs suffered injuries that can be seen in the people who undergo 90 percent of burnt skin.

Also, the bacterial infection ruined his kidneys, leaving him the need of every other day dialysis. The medics said that his near-death experience was caused by a rare bacterial infection called "capnocytophaga." It is a bug found in the dog's saliva and mouths.

Thus, the former paratrooper is now on the waiting list for the new kidneys. His partner, Julie Crosby, brought David Money to the hospital where she worked as one of the admin staff members. She said that the best chance for him to survive is to put him in a coma. She said that "It was so shocking how quickly things happened."

Julie Crosby added that "They didn't think he was going to make it through the night. He told me he loved me and I said the same and we said our goodbyes. He was gasping for breath and had this face mask on. It was devastating. He was in a coma for six weeks while doctors diagnosed and controlled the infection," according to The Sun.

In line with this, the doctors need to scrub off necrotic skin and David Money lost a toe and his kidneys because of infection. Julie Crosby shared that it smelled like dead people smell. Some of the skin was necrotic even down to the bone.

Meanwhile, The Mirror reported that David Money was transferred to an acute kidney ward. In September he was released from the hospital.

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