Christine Caron, the Ottawa woman who lost three of her limbs from an infection after one of her dogs bit her, is back home after spending months in hospital. Just in time for her son's birthday on Friday and Christmas.
"Just to be home and healthy and have my whole family together and that everybody stays that way. I'm so happy I made my 50th year. I mean I just made it clawing," said Caron.
On May 22 Caron was playing tug-of-war with her dogs when one of them, a Shih Tzu mix named Buster, nipped her hand. The wound became infected when another of the dogs licked it.
She went into septic shock from Capnocytophaga canimorsus, a common bacterium in a dog's saliva.
It was a stroke of terrible luck. Health Canada says in the last 40 years only 200 people in the world have gone into septic shock from the bacteria in a dog's saliva.
Caron discharged from hospital
Caron had to have both her legs amputated below the knee as well as her left arm below the elbow.
Now outfitted with prosthetic legs, Caron has been rehabilitating at The Ottawa Hospital for months.
She will soon be fitted for a prosthetic arm and casts made for a second pair of prosthetic legs.
After she was discharged a few weeks ago, she moved her family from her two-storey house to a more accessible bungalow in Ottawa's east end.
She said it was important to be home for the holidays.
"That big snow fall we had last week was so beautiful," she said.
"Everyone was complaining about having to shovel. Now, granted I didn't have to go out there," she joked. "I had an excuse this year."