Mother: Girl Contracted Life-Threatening Infection From Trying On Shoes

by | Sep 4, 2018 | Headline News | 22 comments

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    The mother of a four-year-old girl suffering from a life-threatening bacterial infection says her daughter contracted the disease while trying on shoes without socks. Allegedly, the United Kingdom mom claims the foot infection was spread to her child after other little girls tried on the same shoes.

    “The shoes she liked had been tried on by other little girls and that’s how Sienna picked up the infection,” Jodi Thomas of South Wales, told The Sun.  Thomas now wants to warn others about the dangers of trying on shoes in public stores without wearing socks.

    It all began the day after Thomas’ daughter tried on shoes in a store. She said her daughter, Sienna, was crying in agony the day after their shopping trip, and that the infection soon spread up her leg causing the little girl to get a high temperature, according to a report by Fox News.  “I drove her straight to the hospital, she was shaking and twitching – it was horrible to see my little girl like that,” Thomas told The Sun. “They said it was sepsis and thought they would have to operate.”

    Sepsis occurs when a bacterial infection reaches the bloodstream and a massive immune system response takes place.  Sepsis can lead to organ failure. It is also often known as “blood poisoning.”

    Sienna was promptly treated at Prince Charles Hospital where she spent the next five days having the infection drained out of her leg.  The little girl was, fortunately, able to avoid surgery. On August 24, Thomas posted pictures of her daughter’s infected foot on Facebook.

    “For all parents please put socks on you’re [SIC] children whole trying new shoes on,” she wrote, in part. “I’m guilty for [SIC] not doing it for mine and myself, but this can be the outcome [SIC] infection spreading throughout the body. You don’t know whos [SIC] feet has been in them beforehand!!”

    U.K. Sepsis Trust, told Many parents, including Thomas, are aware that athlete’s foot (which is fungal infection) can be spread through sharing shoes, but not many know that bacterial infections can be contracted in a similar manner. “This frightening case shows us that sepsis strikes indiscriminately and can affect anyone at any time,” Dr. Ron Daniels, chief executive of the The Sun. “Whenever there are signs of infection, it’s crucial that members of the public seek medical attention urgently and just ask: ‘Could it be sepsis?’”


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      1. The least expensive and most affective method of treating all foot infections is cleaning coupled with topical apple cider vinegar with the “mother” in it. Look it up. If alone, I would topically treat with pine needle infusion and alternate with topical garlic infusion. And use soldier’s herb directly on the wounds and it is pert near found in any American meadow. Ever seen the Hunted with Tommy Lee Jones saving the wolf? I would bet he used common plantain ie Plantago major (soldier’s herb).

        A shoe is enclosed typically fostering a brew of bacteria, viruses, fungus, and potentially issues with pathogens like worms and single cellular organisms if treading in river water.

        • Athletes foot infection and fungal infections take hold because of both external and internal causes. Treatment with internal medication for fungal infection has sometimes serious side effects including liver failure.

          Fungal infection can cause toenails to become ugly, mushy, or thick and brittle. Treat externally but also internally. Avoid all sugars. That includes healthy fruit for a few weeks, and afterwards just a small amount.

          Wash or replace your pillows. Dead skin accumulates there and feeds fungus. Wash clothes daily, and keep sheets clean. Wash bed blankets and don’t forget the bedspread/comforter. Vacuum rugs frequently. Use slippers and shoes to avoid spreading the infection. Clean and disinfect tubs and showers before and after use to avoid getting and or spreading infection.

          Marantha’s post above is very good.

          Garlic is good just smash some and rub it on the infected foot. I hear it burns but kills athlete’s foot infection.

          Also treat internally by going on a healthy diet. No sugar, dairy, or grains; just eat meat and vegetables for approximately six months.

          Research 100% pure pine oil turpentine. It has been used for thousands of years as a general cure all. I have used a solution of two parts olive oil and one part terpentine with q-tip to soak the solution for cleaning my ears and found it took away a chronic ear ache. I have also used it topically on my skin and found it helpful in taking away mild rash.


          • Thanks. A freshly pressed garlic clove stings like an angry bee sting. Say you have a terrible tooth ache. If alone you bite down hard on the infected region and the pain is alarming but afterwards you get near immediately relief. Old timers used a wad of tobacco and it is very likely you coud use that as many preppers keep some on hand or can easily grow and dry it.

          • If treating an internal fungus with probiotics, check this chart since they aren’t all the same. This chart is quite detailed down to listing which indication (problem) is best treated with which brand. It’s also broken out by adult, women, and children plus functional foods and references.


            And it’s current.

        • ACV inside and out. Anything that can be used, inside and out. Synergistic practices to make sure whatever it is is stopped and beaten back.

        • I’m not saying it’s the leprosy, but it’s a leprosy.

          I’m not offering this, as a moral dilemma or diet plan.

      2. FWIW, shoe stores generally require socks to be worn when trying on shoes.

        A good policy, but one usually not enforced at self service shoe sellers so be double sure you aren’t going sockless if you try them on there or wearing something sheer that doesn’t provide an actual barrier.

      3. Social contract and segregation.

        In one of the local fields is a jerryrigged footbridge, across a shallow streambed. It says, in Spanish, that there would be no immigration checkpoint to use it. I walk around it. The dog’s feet were impaled in three places, and he had to go to the vet.

      4. At church it was announced you don’t understand someone’s situation unless you walk a mile in their shoes–so they organized an event where we’d go and TRADE SHOES with the homeless and walk a mile in them. As in, we actually take off our shoes and put the homeless person’s shoes on (and the homeless would put our shoes on) and then we go walk a mile together. ummmmmmm—-NO WAY! LOL

        • I would only walk a mile in someone elses shoes if I were wearing socks, liked the shoes, and they fit well. This way, I could steal their shoes and they would be a mile away.

      5. The Hunted film is about real life tracker Tom Brown Jr and his books are popular with preppers.
        Practically anyone would enjoy this film.

      6. Of course comedy is involved in the story…third world UK.

      7. Wearing rented shoes at a bowling alley is asking for trouble. I know that they spray them thoroughly with Lysol but it only kills 99% of the germs. The other one percent that survives goes on to produce even more vicious germs. Generations of survivors are going to produce something that will make leprosy look like athlete’s foot.

      8. Flipflops work. Not the cheap plastic kind. They give your feet room to keep growing. I haven’t worn any other type of shoes for a couple of decades. Some good glue for mishaps, a little drying time and ready to go. Otherwise barefoot. Cheapness is a virtue.

      9. Beware! Skating rinks, bowling ally’s anyone who rents
        I always shyed away from rented footwear for a reason.
        Never heard of this before but, was aware of people
        who had stinky, sweaty feet, possibly athletes foot
        and / or toe fungus…….eeeeeewww……so never wanted
        to swap foot bacteria with them.
        Seems like a no brainer!

      10. Keep your feet smothered in used engine oil for several days. soak socks in the oil and wear boots. I know for a fact that it works on althelets feet.

      11. Salt solutions and dip your feet in it for 30mins in a 5 gallon bucket.

      12. New diseases are popping up due to immigration of sick people. The benefits of diversity. Jungle diseases are rapidly spreading in the US where the people have not faced them before and have no natural immunity

        • Ding ding ding, we have a winner. Migrants from diverse places bring in new fungus and bacteria.

          To make it worse, these people have hygiene habbits appropriate for their originating climate. In this case they are transplanting a disease to cool wet England where they take off.

          I’ve met Arabs from desert climates that have no clue what happens when they don’t bath in high humidity climates. Back home they use body creams to keep clean. Those creams not only don’t work in a humid climate, they promote bacterial infections and nasty odors.

        • “Jungle diseases are rapidly spreading in the US where the people have not faced them before and have no natural immunity.” This makes me think of what the Native Americans faced when the European populace grew large enough to bring their diseases to North America.

      13. I had a neighbor who almost lost her son to
        the MERSA bacteria He was deathly sick, spent
        2 weeks in the hospital. Why?
        He was at a boy scout camp ….swimming…lying on
        the beach, sitting in the sand.. Having had flooding,
        flocks of ducks, animals eliminating waste
        and lots of barefoot kids,
        it’s anyone’s guess as to what caused it.

        But nothing is pristine anymore. More people….more
        pollution. More kinds of pollution than ever before.

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