Skip to comments.The Girl Who Survived Rabies
Posted on 05/27/2014 2:34:52 PM PDT by beaversmom
The girl who survived rabies is about 15 year old, Jeanna Giese, from Wisconsin in the USA, who survived rabies thanks to an innovative and desperate treatment tried out on her by Dr. Rodney Willougby.
His technique involved putting her into a deep coma allowing her body to begin an antibody response to the disease that let Jeanna gradually regained normal function. Subsequent testing of the same technique did not have such good results.
Update on the Wisconsin girl who survived rabies
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I remember quite a few years ago, a boy in Mexico survived rabies. If I recall correctly they put him in an oxygen chamber.
Impressive. Wonder how she’d do if bitten by a liberal.
I hadn’t heard about the Mexican boy.
I’m just reading the link above:
“Giese’s treatment regimen has since undergone revision (the second version omits the use of ribavirin). Two of 25 patients treated under the first protocol survived. A further 10 patients have been treated under the revised protocol, with a further two survivors.”
Pretty amazing considering no one survives. I hope they keep improving it...I’m sure smart, caring doctors will keep trying. Horrible disease.
The poor girl has been through quite enough. Need to ask the admin moderator to remove your insensitive comment. ;)
I guess not technically a current update, but interesting to see...must have been made a couple of years after the event. Maybe 2006, 2007? Would like to see how she is now in 2014.
It has been a long time and I just saw an article in a newspaper but I do remember the high pressure oxygen chamber.
I have never heard of one being used since then.
More recently I have read that some think Edgar Allan Poe died of rabies.
I just found this about another girl in 2011. I didn’t realize that they had used this treatment protocol successfully in others. Very neat to know.
California Girl Only Third in U.S. to Survive Rabies Without Vaccine
Cute little girl...beautiful eyes.
Interesting about Poe. What was said how he died prior?
Here is a new’s report of Giese in 2011 graduating from college:
I am not sure what they thought killed him. I do know it has been said that he was passed out drunk but I have never actually looked it up.
I’ll have to look it up about Poe.
Dunno, is AIDS still a death sentence?
Looks like lots of speculated causes:
On October 7, 1849, at age 40, Poe died in Baltimore; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents.
Interesting.. I never thought about letting the anti-bodies catching up.
Doc thinking “outside the box”..
Hope the girl is doing well now ;^)
He probably got scared to death.
Poe was a fascinating person.
My Daughter who was a literature major thinks Poe was the best writer ever.
When I did a report on him in High School that was the cause. Beyond that I don’t know.
Here is a report from 2013 about Giese finding a dead (rabid) bat in her dogs’ kennel!
I'll go with most of that. Poet for sure. King of alliteration.
He went to West Point at his father's insistence. He hated it . Showed up at morning dress formation naked. He got thrown out.
What a cutie!
And, I would think, the steady, guiding hand of Almighty God.
There is a God and she is living proof. Rabies scares the bejesus out of me and I am aware of it on a daily basis. Any time I come across a case that is possibly rabid I am the one that has to handle it because of my high titre and my unwillingness to expose my employees if I don't have to do it. I've been two different places where rabies wasn't a concern and I was the first one to find it and be exposed. Lucky, I guess.
Thank beaversmom.. came from link she gave ;)
Bright light and clear thinking tends to keep them away.
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Grr.. miss teaching kids here :p (was terrified of kids until I was forced to work in elementary school (public).. never wanted to go back to Jr. high again..)..
You had to get the 12 shots?! ouch :p
I don’t think rabies survival is all that uncommon any more due to the advanced medical treatments available now a days.......
I found Willougby...
No survival is still rare. CDC says fewer than ten have done so. Rabies is almost a sure death sentence.
This reminds me when my brother was bitten on the head by a bat that swooped down at night after a baseball game. My parents took him to the doctor, but the doctor said “don’t worry about it, bats don’t get rabies”. Well, it seems they do. Luckily this one didn’t, though.
“Showed up at morning dress formation naked.”
Was he “standing at attention”?
(Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)
Thanks for posting little girl’s pic.
Her lucky day to get him as doc. :)
I think rabies is about the worst disease out there. Thanks for your expert, firsthand experience about it.
if you catch it before it develops you can survive it. you take a series of uncomfortable shots.
Right during the incubation period, the shots are very effective. The CDC stats and the story above are about people who’ve developed full blown rabies (clinical). It’s very rare to survive that.
Anytime hon.. all I can think is, delicate.. but tough as nails ;)
Part of the reason survival is so rare is that it’s easy to be infected and not be aware of it until too late.
I was bitten by a bat about four years ago. Hardly felt it—it would have been easy to not notice. Of course I had shots. I bloody well felt those.
WOW.. did not know that :/ I would be terrified for a few years after :/
As much as I went around chasing stuff (on horseback.. and hunting on foot..in Texas), I am probably lucky I was never exposed to rabies.
Makes bringing pets over a chore, but a relief once they are here and you realize they are not indanger of being bitten by anything rabid.
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