Sometimes eating food that doesn’t belong to you can be a saving grace. This has to be the most mysterious tale of Woe. One student tragically had to undergo multiple surgeries that will alter his life forever after eating some of his roommate’s leftovers the next day.

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The frightful food in question – chicken noodles – had been left in the fridge overnight.

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In less than a day after eating the dodgy dish, the student fell extremely ill and had a multiple health complications leading to eventual amputation of his limbs, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The student, identified in the above YouTube video only as ‘JC’, ate the noodle dish that had been bought from a restaurant the previous night, and immediately started to feel ill.

In the YouTube video, they’ve dramatised events described in the medical journal.

According to the report, the patient had a severely high temperature, a pulse of 166 beats per minute, and had to be sedated.

He had no known allergies and had received his childhood vaccinations, smoked two packs of cigarettes each week, marijuana on a daily basis, and wasn’t a big drinker.

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The patient was so ill that he was taken to the intensive care unit of another hospital by a helicopter for further treatment.


The report states:

“The patient had been well until 20 hours before this admission, when diffuse abdominal pain and nausea developed after he ate rice, chicken, and lo mein leftovers from a restaurant meal.


“Five hours before this admission, purplish discoloration [sic] of the skin developed, and a friend took the patient to the emergency department of another hospital for evaluation.”

The story is explained in greater depth in that aforementioned YouTube video by ‘Dr Bernard’.

He noted that the severe symptoms that he was suffering from seemed likely to have been an aggressive bacterial infection. His kidneys had failed, and his blood started to clot. This is all less than 24 hours since he ate the food.


The actor playing JC eating his noodles. Credit: YouTube/@Chubbyemu
J.C eating the leftovers

His immune system had started responding, as Dr Bernard explained: “It’s kind of like getting a cut on your skin – the bleeding stops eventually because of blood clot, then the area around the cut becomes swollen and warm.


“It is swollen because the blood vessels dilate so that more blood vessels can get to the area and the swelling is partly due to the fact that there is increased fluid and the warmth is the inflammation

The evidence suggests that the food wasn’t good, which Dr Bernard describes as ‘a freak accident’.

However, ‘we’ll never know’ what caused the food to have that bacteria in it. 26 days later, he became conscious, and his condition improved.

This will be the last time this kid ever eats leftovers, his life is changing significantly but thankfully he is alive.


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