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“A Fecal Transplant Saved My Life” Reddit AMA with LuckyJenny

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Jenny's story:

Clostridium difficile is a dangerous antibiotic-resistant microorganism that infects the intestines. C. diff is normally kept in check by beneficial communities of microbes in the gut. But, when antibiotics knock those out, it grows and spreads, releasing toxins that can cause diarrhea and, in extreme cases, death. Treatment options for these cases are limited and 29,000 people were killed by the infection in the United States in 2011 alone.

“It was awful,” shares Jenny, a Reddit user who contracted C. diff in December 2010 when she was 30 years old.

The condition lasted more than six months and time after time, hospitals would send her home with nothing more than some antibiotics—which would only end up prolonging the infection.

“I remember [I] showed up at the ER relapsing,” she describes while fighting back tears. “I looked him square in the face and said, ‘You are sending me home to die.’ And all he said was, ‘There’s nothing more we can do for you here.'”

Finally, Jenny located a gastroenterologist who specialized in C.diff infections. After hearing her story and reviewing her symptoms, he recommended a rarely used, controversial procedure: A fecal microbiota transplant (FMT).

An FMT, he told her, would repopulate her gut with the microbes that were needed to drive out the C. diff infection—but would require doctors to transplant someone else’s stool into her intestines.

Actually, the Reddit AMA about a fecal implant saving her life is from over 3 years ago:

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