Wisconsin rabies survivor gives birth to twins

Posted at 4:47 PM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 20:37:37-04

APPLETON -- A Wisconsin woman who was the first human being to survive rabies without being vaccinated has given birth to fraternal twins.

Jeanna Giese-Frassetto welcomed Carly Ann and Connor Primo Saturday at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton at 5:33 p.m. and 5:39 p.m., respectively. 

Both babies and mother are resting comfortably.

In 2004, Giese made worldwide headlines when she survived rabies. After being bitten by a bat in Fond du Lac, she did not seek immediate medical treatment and was diagnosed three weeks later.

Her doctor, Dr. Rodney Willoughby, Jr., tried an experimental treatment on Giese, which later became known as "the Milwaukee Protocol."

"Our family is very blessed to have these children," Giese-Frassetto said in a statement. "We are lucky to have such beautiful babies."