Wisconsin Rabies Survivor Has Twins


Celebrations follow Jeanna Giese-Frassetto as she passes the ordinary milestones of life: Graduation from high school, graduation from college, marriage and now, most recently, motherhood.

Among the celebrants has been and will remain Rodney Willoughby Jr., the physician who in the fall of 2004, with his colleagues at Children’s Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin, made medical history when they devised a way to keep Giese-Frassetto from dying of rabies.

She was, at the age of 15, the first known person to survive without a vaccine. Now, nearly 12 years later, “she is the president of a growing club,” Willoughby said Tuesday.

Read more of this story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.