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Woman forced to have toes amputated after picking up bone-eating infection from Thai fish pedicure

Woman forced to have toes amputated after picking up bone-eating infection from Thai fish pedicure

A woman had to have the toes on her right foot amputated after she got an infection while getting a Thai fish pedicure which started eating away her bones. Victoria Curthoys decided to try out the fish pedicure which is a very popular method of removing dead skin from the feet but ended up paying a huge price.

Despite multiple tests and hospital visits, Victoria was informed that she had contracted an infection in her foot which was eating away at her bones. Eventually, she had to have all the toes on her right foot amputated in order to prevent the water-borne infection from spreading any further. 

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The Australian native from Perth had initially picked up the infection in the year 2006 after she stepped on broken glass. The doctors were forced to amputate half of her toe to stop the disease from spreading and she eventually recovered. Around four years later in the year 2010, she went for a holiday to Thailand where she decided to have a fish pedicure. 

Unfortunately for Victoria, the water in the tank that she used was infected with a waterborne disease that entered her body through her earlier surgery wounds. When she returned home, she started suffering from fevers and sickness. The doctors diagnosed her with a bone infection known as osteomyelitis. 

In the year 2012, Victoria had her big toe amputated but it did not get rid of the infection and over the next five years, her remaining four toes were also amputated. 

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As reported by Metro, Victoria shared, “When I was in Thailand I decided to use a fish spa. I thought nothing of it as I’d watched the owner set up the system and it looked very clean, but how wrong I was. I ended up getting another bone infection in my big toe and it took doctors over a year to figure out what type of bug I had”. 

“By the time they’d realized what it was, my entire toe bone had been eaten away and I’d been suffering from sickness the whole time. In November 2017, the doctors amputated Victoria’s last toe. Ever since then, Victoria has been trying to spread awareness about the dangers of fish spa’s and has been posting pictures of her foot to warn others. 

“I can honestly say that my foot has never been as healthy as it is now. Now I can put pressure on my foot.  At the end of the day, I’ve seen people with far worse injuries and life-altering illnesses, so I consider myself lucky. By taking photos of my feet and posting them on Instagram I hope to build more confidence in myself and to have a positive impact on others who might not be happy with how their foot or leg looks after amputation,” she continued.