Medical Watch Update: Quadruple amputee gets married

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(Photo courtesy of Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)

Congratulations are in order for a Chicago area man who has found a happy ending in what could have been a tragic story.

WGN’s Dina Bair introduced us to Ethan Menges last year.  The 24-year-old from DeKalb had spent most of 2015 in the hospital fighting an infection that took his limbs and nearly took his life.

But now he’s starting life as a married man.  Ethan and his bride Jordan were married in Illinois over the weekend.


(Photo courtesy of Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)



(Photo courtesy of Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)


Two years ago, staph pneumonia took hold in Ethan’s lungs and blood.  He was put on life support and ultimately underwent surgeries to amputate all four limbs.

Ethan worked with his caregivers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago help him learn to master his prosthetics.

Ethan mastered them enough to go fishing recently.


(Photo courtesy of Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)

“I just really want to help as many people as I can. I’ve been through a lot of mountains, a lot of hills, and I really understand the value of community and that emotional support to get through this,” Ethan said at the time.

No doubt his new wife Jordan will help him through the mountains yet to come.

Congrats to the happy couple!