KENS reported Kohlhof “lost his toes and the top half of his feet” on Thursday. Kohlhof’s brother, Greg, said doctors ultimately diagnosed him with typhus, which is caused by fleas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the disease can occur “in tropical and subtropical climates around the world including areas of the United States (southern California, Hawaii, and Texas)” and is extremely rare. There is no known vaccine to prevent it. As Kohlhof does not have health insurance, the family is asking for donations. As of Sunday afternoon, they have raised over $74,000 of the $300,000 goal. “Michael is incredibly smart and comical; spreading happiness to everyone he encounters,” Hardaway said regarding her son. “With an insatiable curiosity about the world, he eagerly seeks knowledge and is always brimming with questions.” She added, “Michael has strength and will be undergoing an excruciating amount of surgeries, therapies and rehabilitation, mostly to restore activities of daily living.” This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Michael Kohlhof of Houston went to an ER last month with what he thought was the flu. By the end of the day, he was in the ICU and eventually needed a double amputation. His family said it started with a flea bite. Full story: https://t.co/H47QssBEzq @KHOUStephanie pic.twitter.com/clkCgmotAe— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) July 21, 2023