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Dollars for Danielle: Benefit raises funds for Howell woman suffering from toxic shock syndrome

Danielle Amato, 28, had a case of strep throat that went completely wrong. Her body was taken over by toxic shock syndrome.

Kimberly Bukowiec and Bob Doda

Jun 25, 2023, 9:29 PM

Updated 362 days ago

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A fundraiser Sunday in Howell is benefiting a woman who suffered multiple medical complications after what seemed to be just a sore throat.
Danielle Amato, 28, had a case of strep throat that went completely wrong. Her body was taken over by toxic shock syndrome.
It started in January. Doctors figured out that the root of her issues was caused by a bacterial infection known as Group A streptococcus. While strep throat diagnoses might seem routine to some, this infection came with a rare and frightening complication.
“The toxins that were released is what damaged her heart, her kidneys, her liver, her circulation – it was all from toxins that the Group A virus released,” said Danielle’s mother Sally Amato.
Danielle has already lost toes on both of her feet with a more substantial amputation on the right foot. Her dominant hand has been completely amputated up to her forearm.
While she remains hopeful that the rest of her left hand can be preserved, Danielle expects that the fingers on that side will require amputation. Despite the challenges she faces, Danielle's spirit remains hopeful for the best possible outcome.
Those who came out to support her at the Elks Lodge feel the same way.
A GoFundMe page is taking donations to aid in her recovery.


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