Pat Shoop was sick, very sick.
Suffering from a Clostridium difficile infection, doctors told her she would die without a transplant.
… a fecal transplant…
C diff infections, a potentially life threatening bacteria just messes a person up with diarrhea, vomiting and cramps and pain. But by transplanting someone else’s stool into her system it restored balance in her bowels. In this case the donor was her husband of 52 years. The donation is emulsified and mixed with water or saline and is given either via a tube thru the nose or an enema.
Never heard of this? Me either, but there are records of over 300 patients over the years receiving the treatment with 90% success rate.
Pat is healthy now and gets to tell people she ingested her husband’s poop.
- Fecal transplants: Sounds gross, works great (vitals.msnbc.msn.com)