Recovering From Rabies

By: 23 Weekend News
By: 23 Weekend News

A Wisconsin teen who became the first person known to survive rabies without vaccination is back home Saturday.

Fifteen-year-old Jeanna Giese from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin spent almost 11 weeks in the hospital. She was bitten by a bat September 12 at church. She went to a doctor about a month later with vague symptoms of fatigue and tingling and numbness of the hand where the bite occurred.

As her condition worsened, doctors induced a coma and administered a combination of drugs. She was in intensive care for nearly two months and eventually came out of the coma.

Five other people in the world are known to have survived the rabies virus after the onset of symptoms, but they had all received a rabies vaccine ahead of time.

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