‘It was crawling up her limbs’: Woman loses arms, legs after tick bite

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SHAWNEE, Oklahoma– A woman in Oklahoma had her arms and legs amputated after contracting a disease during a family trip.

According to KOCO, four days after visiting Grand Lake, Jo Rogers, mother of two, thought she had the flu. She was tested for both West Nile Virus and meningitis, but the test results came back negative.

Doctors said her organs were starting to shut down. Rogers’ cousin, Lisa Morgan, told KOCO, “…her arms and feet were turning dark blue and black. It was crawling up her limbs.”

It turned out that a tick bite that went unnoticed caused Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever to attack the woman’s body. Doctors had to amputate.  “(They had) to save her life to keep the infection from getting to her vital organs,” Morgan told KOCO.