California teen loses arms, legs to bacterial infection

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California teen loses arms, legs to bacterial infection

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18-year-old Kaitlyn Dobrow of Huntington Beach. COURTESY OF DOBROW FAMILY 18-year-old Kaitlyn Dobrow of Huntington Beach. COURTESY OF DOBROW FAMILY

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County teenager has lost her arms and legs to a bacterial illness.

The Orange County Register says 18-year-old Kaitlyn Dobrow of Huntington Beach fell ill in February with meningococcal disease.

Her mother, Kathi, says the bacteria caused blood clots that cut off circulation to her daughter's hands and feet. Over the course of a month, doctors were forced to amputate.

She remains hospitalized and had another surgery Friday at UC Irvine Medical Center.

Her mother says Kaitlyn hasn't lost her faith and has told her family that she can deal with what's happened and will be OK.

It's unclear how she contracted the disease.

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