Officials with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin have shared video of Jeanna Giese-Frasseto, the first person to survive rabies without being vaccinated, ahead of Mother’s Day.
Giese-Frasseto is a new mom — giving birth to twins Carly and Connor on March 26th.
This, more than 11 years after doctors at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin used an experimental treatment to save her life. Giese-Frasseto spent six days in a medically induced coma and 75 days at Children’s Hospital before being released virus free.
In 2004, Giese-Frassetto was bitten by a bat in Fond du Lac. She did not seek immediate treatment and was diagnosed with rabies three weeks later.
Giese-Frassetto had a long recovery, including learning how to walk and talk all over again.
Now known as the “Milwaukee Protocol,” Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin officials say the treatment that saved Giese-Frasseto’s life has been used to save 10 other lives — two in the United States, four in Peru and one each in Colombia, Chile and Qatar.
Giese-Frasseto married Scot Frassetto in September of 2014 and is now living in the Fox Valley.