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4-Year-Old's Leg Turns Black, Doctors Take Swift Action After Realizing Why (Photos)

Imagine being a parent and watching your 4-year-old child’s legs turn black, then have doctors tell you they might have to be amputated after the illness left her wheelchair bound. All because of a simple case of the chickenpox.

That’s what Bo August’s parents had to confront while she was in the hospital for two months after getting purpura fulminans, a condition that is triggered by chicken pox and causes a deficiency in a protein that prevents her blood from clotting properly, MailOnline reports.

Bo’s parents rushed her to the hospital after getting chicken pox and complaining about pain in her leg. They noticed she was bruising and were terrified when they grew into huge black spots that covered her legs and the soles of her feet. According to MailOnline, when the blood clots form in the blood vessels of the skin, it causes necrosis.

Bo went through three skin graft surgeries. At one point, her parents were told that they might have to amputate.

“It was literally the worst moment of my life when she was diagnosed,” Bo’s mother told Mail Online. “I asked the doctor if it could be life-threatening and he said it was life and limb-threatening. At that point we thought she might face amputation but she has been amazing. I’m just so amazed by how strong she’s been throughout it all.”

Eventually, Bo recovered and was forced to learn to walk again. She has since made a full recovery.

Source: MailOnline
Photo: MailOnline/News Team, SWNS

Girl almost loses her legs due to a chicken pox related infection.

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