Wisconsin mom loses limb, toes and fingertips in battle with toxic shock syndrome

Updated: August 12, 2019 06:52 PM

A Wisconsin mom has spent the past four years battling an infection that has cost her fingertips, toes and her right leg.

"It's the little things we take for granted that makes everyday life difficult now," said Alecia Kennen, 37.


Kennen is dealing with toxic shock syndrome, or TSS, and its aftereffects. TSS is a life-threatening complication from a bacterial infection that spreads through the blood stream.

In Alecia's case, it impacted the blood flow and oxygen supply to her extremities. Over the past four years, doctors have had to amputate her fingertips, her toes, and her right leg below the knee.

"I hope this is the last of it and I can finally move forward, and hopefully get back to living my life again," she said.

Her community of Rice Lake, Wisconsin and surrounding areas are rallying behind her, too. They are holding a benefit on August 31 at the Rockford House in Sarona, Wisconsin.

For more information on how to donate, click here.

Connect with KSTP

Join the conversation on our social media platforms. Share your comments on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.


Ellen Galles

Copyright 2019 - KSTP-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company


Klobuchar, Smith pressure TSA for additional screeners at MSP

Park Board votes to change name of Calhoun Parkway to Bde Maka Ska Parkway

Cottage Grove honors good Samaritan who helped mother in crisis

Reported illness among vapers reaches 150 possible cases

Vendors preparing for opening day at the Minnesota State Fair

Tubing companies concerned after new ordinance on Apple River