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Is it really too late to amputate?

posted by DinosaurBill on - last edited - Viewed by 828 users

Lee's not showing any serious signs of infection yet (fever, sweating, trouble talking/moving) and the bite didn't seem too deep (IE, Jim getting bit all the way to the bone). Double checked the WD wiki and the people who have had amputations to prevent turning were Allen, Dale, and Morgan. It worked for Dale and Morgan, and Allen very likely died from blood loss due to the amputation.

While I really doubt Lee has any chance of coming out of this alive (and am perfectly content with it), has it been established anywhere how long it takes for a bite to travel from part of the body to the rest and if the severity of the bite has any influence in that?

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  • I swear to god, if I get the option, I will have Lee commit suicide in episode 5 just so I can say "He's really freaking dead, there's no coming back".

    Then again, Carley's brains got splattered all over the side of the road and people still thought she was alive. "Are you SURE, Lee really killed himself? He's only missing HALF of his head."

  • @codejerry said: Well if you ask me. Christa has been showing signs of her being bitten and maybe its alot slower to spread in full grown adults. I mean i never have read the comics but from what the video game shows. No adult has died from a bite. The only person to die was duck but he was a child and we actually never saw him turn and it was a bullet that killed him not the actual bite.

    I'm fairly certain that Christa is pregnant, not bitten. As for the amputation I haven't read any of the comics, so I'm not sure on how that works in the series. I'd love to keep playing as Lee in S2, even if it is a one-handed Lee, but I don't think there is any chance of him surviving.

  • @StanleyStutters said: I'm fairly certain that Christa is pregnant, not bitten. As for the amputation I haven't read any of the comics, so I'm not sure on how that works in the series. I'd love to keep playing as Lee in S2, even if it is a one-handed Lee, but I don't think there is any chance of him surviving.

    Amputation works if it happens IMMEDIATELY. Only one person survived an amputation in the comics that resulted from a bite, and they sawed off the dude's leg within MINUTES.

    And Jim, a character bitten early on in the comics, got sick within a day. I think he held on for longer than Duck did, but he asked Rick's group to leave him and let him reanimate so he could "be with his family again". They walked away before he died.

  • @Rock114 said: Amputation works if it happens IMMEDIATELY. Only one person survived an amputation in the comics that resulted from a bite, and they sawed off the dude's leg within MINUTES.

    And Jim, a character bitten early on in the comics, got sick within a day. I think he held on for longer than Duck did, but he asked Rick's group to leave him and let him reanimate so he could "be with his family again". They walked away before he died.



    Thanks for the clarification. I figured Lee was done for.:(

  • @StanleyStutters said: Thanks for the clarification. I figured Lee was done for.:(

    Look on the bright side dude.

  • @Rock114 said: Look on the bright side dude.

    Yes if you act now, I'll give you a two for one special! pay for one hand and get the other off!

  • @Rock114 said: Then again, Carley's brains got splattered all over the side of the road and people still thought she was alive. "Are you SURE, Lee really killed himself? He's only missing HALF of his head."

    Lee would probably believe that himself. Remember when he asked the police officer at the beginning if he was dead after blowing his head straight off with a shotgun?

    Priceless.

  • @Viner16 said: The bite doesn't spread the infection, so yes you can amputate at anytime.

    The bite kills you because of blood loss and germ infection (rotting teeth into your bloodstream isn't exactly sanitary) so technically Lee can still chop it off.

    But then he'd have to find a way to stop his new nub from bleeding out.

    Ok, let's clarify this please. Yes the bite itself does not spread the infection since it is inherently residing in all of us. However, the bite of a walker does cause that virus to react aggressively, killing you and turning you into a walker before death by natural causes would have.

    The fact that Lee could amputate his arm and be ok is plausible, highly unlikely but worth a go if you wanted to do so in hopes of surviving. The one thing that has been shown that isn't the same is how fast people turn after being bitten (even the CDC guy from the TV show said it was all different if I remember correctly). I would be really pissed if I had my wrist/arm/leg hacked off and still turned in a few days.....really pissed.

  • @Demonseed said: Ok, let's clarify this please. Yes the bite itself does not spread the infection since it is inherently residing in all of us. However, the bite of a walker does cause that virus to react aggressively, killing you and turning you into a walker before death by natural causes would have.

    The fact that Lee could amputate his arm and be ok is plausible, highly unlikely but worth a go if you wanted to do so in hopes of surviving. The one thing that has been shown that isn't the same is how fast people turn after being bitten (even the CDC guy from the TV show said it was all different if I remember correctly). I would be really pissed if I had my wrist/arm/leg hacked off and still turned in a few days.....really pissed.

    Especially because, in the time it takes to recover from the full amputation of an entire limb, the walkie guy may very well have killed/tortured Clem.

  • I agree and also realize surviving is hard enough with both arms after the ZA, I don't think I'd risk trying to make it with one arm!

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