Jerry Grant, a 33-year-old Arizona man, has finally found relief for his last six months of pain and rectal bleeding -- in the form of a fecal transplant.
When you're "bleeding rectally for weeks on end, you don't have any choice but to think you're dying," Grant told KPNX 12 News in Arizona. Grant's gut had been taken over by Clostridium difficile (known as C. diff), and wiped out all the other good bacteria.
C. diff causes abdominal pain, bleeding and severe diarrhea, up to 10 or 15 times a day, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Grant couldn't even sit down because it hurt too much, and he and his wife spent thousands of dollars on treatments that just didn't work
, 12 News reported.
But finally, the cure came in a very unusual, but notoriously effective, method: to transfer some of his wife's fecal matter (poop), into his own colon, in order to restore his natural balance of bacteria
, a process known also as fecal microbiota therapy. The Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., administered the fecal transplant.
According to WebMD, around 500,000 Americans are infected each year with C. diff, and they are usually infected after they take antibiotics, which could potentially alter the bacteria that are naturally present in the gut.