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Teen’s hands, feet amputated after ‘flu-like symptoms’

A Tennessee family recently had to make the difficult decision to amputate their 14-year-old son’s hands and feet to save his life after what started as “flu-like symptoms” in mid-June.

Mathias Uribe visited a doctor for treatment twice after he began experiencing symptoms, and on June 30, he was transferred to an emergency room when “his heart stopped” and he “went into cardiac arrest,” his family wrote in a GoFundMe description titled “#MiracleForMathias.”

“He needed life-saving support and was flown to two different hospitals. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome,” the family wrote.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describe streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS) as “a rare, but serious bacterial infection” that typically begins with flu-like symptoms. The uncommon infection, sometimes caused by the flu or bacteria that enters an open wound, can result in “low blood pressure, multiple organ failure, and even death.”

“While we may not fully understand the reasons behind life’s trials, we firmly believe that there is always a silver lining. The center of our family is God, we know that while walking in the deepest waters, we have always known that God is with us,” they wrote. “We have faith that this surgery will open new doors for our son allowing him to embrace life’s possibilities with renewed vigor and determination.”

Uribe’s future recovery will include prosthetic limbs, therapy and medical interventions, according to the GoFundMe. Anyone interested in contacting the Uribe family can do so via email at contactmathiasu@gmail.com.

Audrey Conklin is a digital reporter for Fox News Digital and FOX Business. Email tips to audrey.conklin@fox.com or on Twitter at @audpants.

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