Knee scrape leads to double amputation for 3-year-old boy

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(KPNX/NBC News)— When an Arizona family was visiting San Diego in October, they had no idea the fall that their 3-year-old son took on his bike would become the medical nightmare they are now living.

Beauden Baumkirchner was riding his bicycle around his family’s campsite outside of San Diego, when he fell off, scraping his knee.

“He’s done that many, many times as any 3-year-old boy will do,” his father Brian Baumkirchner says.

The wound was cleaned and a bandage was placed over the scrape.  

Less than 48 hours later, little Beauden was fighting for his life.

He was admitted into Rady’s Children’s Hospital and quickly seen by several doctors and nurses.

“The ICU doctor said that his labs, when he came in, were of concern, for sure. But the lab work at 1 p.m., just three hours later, his whole body was shutting down,” his father recalls. “They thought they were going to lose him, for sure, that night.”

A staph infection had quickly spread its way through the 3-year-old’s body.

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