Rare Diseases

Untreated strep infection leaves Michigan mom of 7 battling for life

Shannon McGeorge, of Troy, Michigan, was admitted to the hospital two weeks ago after she started suffering from flu-like symptoms.

Shannon McGeorge, of Troy, Michigan, was admitted to the hospital two weeks ago after she started suffering from flu-like symptoms.  (Fox 2 Detroit)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Michigan mother of seven whose sore throat turned into a life-threatening strep infection is battling for her life as doctors work to save her organs. Shannon McGeorge, of Troy, Michigan, was admitted to the hospital two weeks ago after she started suffering from flu-like symptoms, her family told Fox 2 Detroit. 

"They told us she had strep, the flu, and she was severely dehydrated," Anastasia Coleman, McGeorge's daughter, told the news outlet. "When they were hydrating her, her throat started to swell closed. Her organs were shutting down and she had sepsis from the strep. And basically had a 10 percent chacne of living through that day." 

THE DANGERS OF STREP THROAT

McGeorge was placed on an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine, which allows the blood to "bypass" the heart and lungs so that the organs can rest, Fox 2 Detroit reported. 

The family was dealt a second blow when McGeorge's Marine veteran husband, Mark, suffered a stroke while at her bedside. 

"She's awake now so she can see, she can't speak, she can't move her arms very well yet, but she was able to watch the whole thing happen," Anastasia told Fox 2 Detroit. "Now he's int he same hospital with a clot in his brain." 

RARE STREP INFECTION COSTS MICHIGAN DAD HIS HANDS AND FEET

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help offset medical costs as they await news from both McGeorge and Mark. 

"Listen to your body if you feel down don't think 'Oh, I can beat it,'" Anastasia told Fox 2 Detroit. "Go get checked out. It's better safe than sorry."