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A man who developed a deadly blood infection was left in a coma and declared brain dead after trying to remove an ingrown hair from his leg. 

Steven, whose last name and age have not been revealed, was diagnosed with potentially fatal sepsis as a result of the infection in late 2022, according to TikTok videos posted by his sister, Michelle.

Sepsis is an extreme reaction by the body’s immune system to an infection. Nicknamed the ‘silent killer,’ it can rapidly trigger a host of life-threatening complications including organ failure and, if untreated, death.

Steven developed the condition as a result of an infection he contracted while attempting to remove the ingrown hair from his groin area.

The septic shock led to a range of alarming complications including blood clots, pneumonia, organ failure and the lung condition ARDS – acute respiratory distress syndrome. 

Doctors then discovered the septic bacterial infection had reached his heart and ‘destroyed it,’ Michelle said, but he couldn’t undergo surgery because his condition was too critical. 

Due to all the complications, Steven, a husband and father, was intubated and placed in a medically induced coma to try and allow his body to heal. 

Michelle said doctors declared him brain dead and gave him a four percent chance at survival.

But after a month and a multitude of procedures and treatments, Steven emerged from his coma with no brain damage and has since nearly fully recovered. 

Doctors discovered the septic bacterial infection had reached Steven's heart and 'destroyed it,' his sister Michelle said

Doctors discovered the septic bacterial infection had reached Steven’s heart and ‘destroyed it,’ his sister Michelle said

Steven developed sepsis as a result of an infection he contracted while attempting to remove an ingrown hair from his groin area

Steven developed sepsis as a result of an infection he contracted while attempting to remove an ingrown hair from his groin area

To help heal his lungs, Steven was strapped to a specialized hospital bed that rotates - a rotobed - and turned over 'similar to roasting a pig over a fire,' Michelle posted

To help heal his lungs, Steven was strapped to a specialized hospital bed that rotates – a rotobed – and turned over ‘similar to roasting a pig over a fire,’ Michelle posted

Sepsis is extremely difficult to recognize and diagnose, and affects approximately 1.7million Americans every year, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. 

It occurs when the body’s immune system responds to an infection or bacteria and goes into overdrive, setting off a series of reactions that can lead to organ failure.

It is not clear how long Steven waited for a diagnosis of sepsis, and at what point it developed. 

Sepsis is the third most common cause of death in US hospitals and kills nearly 270,000 people a year, the CDC reports. It costs the healthcare system an estimated $62billion a year. 

While diagnosing the condition can be difficult, it is often treatable when caught early enough and a patient is given strong antibiotics. 

For every hour a septic patient is not given treatment, the risk of death increases by four to nine percent.  

Bacterial infections are usually to blame, but viruses like Covid and the flu — which do not respond to antibiotics — can also lead to sepsis.

Sepsis is the third most common cause of death in US hospitals and kills nearly 270,000 people a year, the CDC reports

Sepsis is the third most common cause of death in US hospitals and kills nearly 270,000 people a year, the CDC reports

Steven has nearly fully recovered from his journey and has returned home. Michelle has shown in several videos he is able to walk and talk and is enjoying his favorites hobbies again

Steven has nearly fully recovered from his journey and has returned home. Michelle has shown in several videos he is able to walk and talk and is enjoying his favorites hobbies again

Symptoms include extremely high or low body temperature, mental decline and confusion, severe pain and shortness of breath. 

Throughout the month Steven was in a coma, he underwent numerous therapies to treat his illnesses. 

To help with ARDS, he was strapped to a specialized hospital bed that rotates – a rotobed – and turned over ‘similar to roasting a pig over a fire,’ Michelle said. 

He would spend nearly 18 hours a day turning from his back to chest, which improved the flow of oxygen to his lungs.

Steven underwent open heart surgery to repair damage done to the organ from the sepsis. 

Doctors also inserted drains into his chest to remove excess fluid that was putting pressure on his heart and lungs – removing more than a gallon of fluid.  

It was approximately a month and several surgeries later that Steven was able to breath on his own and have his coma reversed. 

Showing no signs of brain damage, Steven has nearly fully recovered from his journey and has returned home. Michelle has shown in several videos he is able to walk and talk and is enjoying his favorites hobbies again.

WHAT IS SEPSIS?

Sepsis occurs when the body reacts to an infection by attacking its own organs and tissues.

It affects approximately 1.7million Americans every year

Sepsis has similar symptoms to the flu or respiratory infection.

These include:

  • Slurred speech or confusion
  • Extreme shivering or muscle pain
  • Severe breathlessness
  • High or low body temperature

Anyone can develop sepsis but it is most common in people who have recently had surgery or have stayed in a hospital for an extended period of time.

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