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Cancer survivor battles life-threatening infection

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A metro Atlanta woman who has battled and overcome cancer twice is back in the hospital battling what should have been an infection.

It was seven years ago this week that Hannah Rinehart was declared cancer free. Since then, her family has been watchful for sign for the slightest infection.

Two bone marrow transplants left her immune system suppressed and what should be bacteria just passing through her system can turn into a deadly infection.

This is what happened when she became infected with a bacteria commonly found in dog saliva. Her husband, Mark, believe she became infected from the couple's puppy.

Doctors at Northside Hospital had to put Hannah in a drug-induced coma about a month ago as a result of the infection. Now family members are preparing for her to awaken to a new world.

During her slumber, Hannah developed circulatory issues which led to doctors having to amputate her hands and feet.

Family members say Hannah's fighter, having beat cancer two times since age 18. But at age 32, she will be facing a new, life-long challenge.

Her husband, Mark, has been asked if they plan to keep their puppy, but he says they love their dog and he clearly did not intend to make Hanna sick. He says he plans to have that conversation with his wife when she gets home from the hospital.

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