Monsters Inside Me

Season 3 Episode 1

My Child Will Only Eat Cat Food

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 2012 on Animal Planet
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A toddler suddenly starts worrying her parents when she loses appetite for the foods she normally eats. Then, she starts craving salt, including cat food, but becomes stunted in her growth. After the little girl develops a strange rash, her parents learn that she has been infected by the Toxocara canis parasite. A middle-aged executive of a company had been living a healthy life, until he suddenly starts feeling pain in his abdomen. Initially, it seems he simply has a colon condition called diverticulitis. However, the abdominal cramps return and become so intense that they force him to go to the hospital and get surgery. There, the man discovers that his colon has been invaded by an antibiotic-resistant bacteria called ESPL E. coli. An older married couple is celebrating for their planned future, when suddenly, they both have flu-like symptoms. When the doctor discovers swollen lymph nodes on them both, the couple learn that they have been infected by the plague bacterium. The husband's condition, though, is much worse, as he develops gangrene and even has to get his calves amputated.

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