The girl who survived rabies is about 15 year old, Jeanna Giese, from Wisconsin in the USA, who survived rabies she is considered as the first human to survive Rabies thanks to an innovative and desperate treatment tried out on her by Dr. Rodney Willougby.
His technique involved putting her into a deep coma allowing her body to begin an antibody response to the disease that let Jeanna gradually regained normal function. Subsequent testing of the same technique did not have such good results.
Four several years after she almost died from rabies, Jeanna Giese is the first person known to have survived the virus without receiving a protective vaccine. But Giese (pronounced Gee-See) says she would gladly share that honor with others if only doctors could show that the treatment used to save her could save other victims as well. “They shouldn’t stop ’till it’s perfected,” said Giese, now 19, during a recent interview about physicians’ quest to refine the technique that may have kept her alive.
Giese’s wish may come true. Another young girl infected with rabies is still alive more than a month after doctors induced a coma to put her symptoms on hold, just as they did with Giese. Yolanda Caicedo, an infectious disease specialist at Hospital Universitario del Valle in Cali, Colombia, who is healing the latest survivor, verified reports in the Colombian newspaper El País that the victim is an eight-year-old girl who came down with symptoms in August, about a month after she was bitten by an apparently rabid cat.
Caicedo said that the family had searched for treatment for the bite in Bolivar, at a hospital about three hours by foot from their farm home, but that the child, Nelsy Gomez, did not receive the series of vaccines that can prevent the virus from turning into full-blown rabies.