A Georgia woman’s struggle with a rare bacterial infection has her loved ones saying enough is enough.
Before Hannah Rinehart, 32, contracted the capnocytophaga infection, which forced doctors to amputate her hands and feet, she beat cancer twice.
"I think that is the first question I asked God. 'Why, why?'" friend Kerrie Touchstone said, but added, "She's a fighter."
Doctors said amputation was a last resort, but the only option after the capnocytophaga started going after her fingers and toes. Before that, it attacked her kidneys and lungs, dropping her blood pressure to dangerously low levels.
"To not do anything right now would not be an act of faith, but an act of negligence," said her husband Mark Rinehart.
Capnocytophaga is most often found in dog saliva, but rarely makes humans sick.
Hannah, who is a nurse, is recovering from the amputations at Northside Hospital. Her friend said they won’t matter to the people who love her. "People want to draw close to her, and I know that will not be touched by the loss of her limbs," Touchstone said.