Teenager’s Limbs Amputated in Desperate Bid to Save His Life
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In a heartbreaking turn of events, the parents of 14-year-old Mathias Uribe have made the difficult decision to amputate all four of his limbs in a desperate attempt to save his life. Mathias had initially displayed flu-like symptoms, but his condition quickly deteriorated, prompting his parents to rush him to the hospital.
Mathias’ parents, Edgar and Catalina Uribe, remain hopeful for their son’s future despite the challenges he now faces. They envision a day where Mathias will be able to use prosthetic limbs to run and continue playing the piano, his beloved instrument. Catalina Uribe, while finding it difficult to watch old videos of her son’s mobility, finds solace in the fact that he is still here with them.
For the past two months, Mathias has been receiving treatment at the Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Initially diagnosed with pneumonia and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome, Mathias went into cardiac arrest, and his life was saved by an ECMO machine, which circulated blood throughout his body for nearly two weeks.
Unfortunately, the blood flow wasn’t reaching all his extremities, leading to the difficult decision to amputate all four limbs, according to Edgar Uribe. Catalina Uribe requested that doctors use the term “remove” instead of “amputate” at the time, emphasizing the hope for future possibilities.
Dr. Katie Boyle, the ICU pediatrician overseeing Mathias’ care, shared that his condition is exceptionally rare. While the flu can sometimes lead to bacterial infections, Mathias’ case is far more severe than what is typically observed. Boyle stressed the importance of parents ensuring their children receive the flu vaccine and closely monitoring them when they are sick for concerning symptoms such as a high fever, difficulty drinking fluids, or unresponsiveness.
Mathias has undergone numerous surgeries, with more scheduled in the future. However, his care team remains optimistic that with the help of prosthetic limbs, he will regain his functionality once he leaves the hospital.
The Uribe family is currently exploring options in Atlanta, where Mathias can receive prosthetics and rehabilitation. Edgar Uribe promised his son that they would be his arms and legs until they find a solution.
Those interested in supporting Mathias’ recovery can contribute to his GoFundMe campaign.
Mathias’ parents anticipate that he will spend another month in the hospital before his potential move to Atlanta. Despite the challenges they have faced, the Uribe family believes that Mathias will have an incredible life ahead, free from limitations.
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