Kevin Breen contracted what is being termed by doctors as a “rare form of strep throat.” On Christmas day of last year, Breen began feeling sick. He’s 44 and in shape, at first indication, he didn’t think too much of the sickness. But eventually, he began having intense stomach pains, causing him to take whatever was ailing him a bit more serious. Two days following what seemed to be a flu and after the stomach pains had set in, Breen insisted on an emergency room visit.
His initial tests for strep and flu came back as negative. He was given pain pills and sent home with his wife, Julie.
“They just didn’t work,” the father of three told The Washington Post. “I felt worse the next morning, and I said, ‘We gotta go to the hospital’.”
“They opened him up and found 1 ½ liters of infected pus in his abdominal region,” Julie Breen said.
“We met with the surgeon after surgery and she sat us down and said, ‘I’ve never seen this before and I don’t like it’,” Julie Breen added. “ ‘I don’t know what it is’.”
“He had multi-system organ failure and needed a ventilator,” she said. “He had renal failure and acute kidney injury and liver injury and abnormalities in coagulation of his blood clotting. His blood pressure was so profoundly low, he pretty much required maximum doses of three medications to maintain it.”