College Student Loses Legs After Eating Leftover Noodles, That’ll Teach Him?

If you’re like us then you definitely have a carton of leftover noodles sitting in your fridge right now (that’s somewhere between four and 17 days old). But what you thought was an innocent midnight snack between bong rips may actually be a noodle-shaped nightmare in waiting.

So before you take another bite, put down the chopsticks and listen to this. A New England college student and his buddy were eating leftover noodles with a lovely side of orange chicken and rice when their little banquet was cut short by a pang of intense abdominal pain. As luck would have it, the dirty noods were covered in a hellraising bacteria.

While one of the guys puked his guts out, expelling the deadly toxins from his body, the other guy hunkered down to ride it out. But after getting hit with chills, chest pain, shortness of breath, muscle stiffness, blurred vision, and intense nausea, he realized this was no ordinary bout of bad Chinese food.

Then his skin turned purple.

At the hospital, doctors discovered the leftover noodle-eating patient had a temperature of 105 and an unstable heart rate of 166. Bloodtests revealed his bloodstream had stopped pumping oxygen to his organs in an effort to fight off a bacterial infection called Neisseria Meningitidis. Unfortunately, gangrene had already set in and doctors had no choice but to amputate chunks of all ten of his fingers and both legs below the knee.

We know what you’re thinking. Lo mein is your favorite. Ours too.

Anyway, the case was so bizarre, a YouTube doctor was inspired to make this dramatic re-enactment to explain just how quickly leftover noodles can F up your life.

Great. As if we needed another delicious food to be terrified of.

But before you set your fridge on fire and push it off the balcony, know this: Turns out the college student hadn’t gotten his booster of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine that would have seriously prevented the spread of bacteria to his bloodstream. Guess some boosters are pretty freaking helpful after all.

Cover Photo: Joos Mind (Getty Images)

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