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Okla. woman bitten by tick loses limbs, clings to life

Jo Rogers, of Oklahoma, has lost her arms and legs.GoFundMe

Jo Rogers, of Oklahoma, has lost her arms and legs.

A hand and wrist infected with Rocky Mountain spotted fever.Center for Disease Control

A hand and wrist infected with Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

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A 40-year-old Oklahoma woman is fighting for her life after contracting a deadly disease from a tick bite she received while on vacation.

Jo Rogers, a mother of two, had not been feeling well since returning from a family vacation last month to Grand Lake.

Five days later, her family took her to an emergency room because Rogers couldn’t walk. She complained of her hands and feet hurting.

On the sixth day, her organs started shutting down and her limbs turned black and blue.

After tests for spinal meningitis and West Nile came back negative, doctors investigated her tick bite and discovered she had Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

She has been placed in a medically induced coma. Doctors were forced to amputate her legs and both arms below the elbows. She faces more surgeries and surgeons try to stop the infection.

“She’s a beautiful, energetic fun, person,” her cousin, Lisa Morgan, said. “I mean nobody deserves this,” she told KOCO-TV.

The family has established a GoFundMe account to help cover medical costs and rehabilitation expenses.

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