Michiana woman fighting for her life against toxic shock syndrome

Published: Dec. 15, 2018 at 10:51 PM EST
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Some of you may know 30-year-old Anna Norquist. She's a South Bend woman who competed nationally as a gymnast and worked as a gymnastics teacher. That was always her dream job. But we have some sad news to share about her.

Norquist was diagnosed with toxic shock syndrome due to an unknown cause. Now, she's on life support in critical but stable condition after surgery on her arms and legs. Her right arm was amputated above the elbow and the left is planned for amputation- hopefully just at the hand- next week. After that, she'll be losing one of her legs. Doctors said she shouldn't have survived this far, but Norquist's family says she is a fighter and it's a miracle that she's alive. They say they'll be right there when she wakes up to help her through the challenges she'll face after the disease.

"As soon as she got to the hospital and the doctors realized what was going on, my dad got on a flight, I got on a flight, my brothers got on a flight and went straight to South Bend, Indiana where she was," Her brother, Patrick Norquist said. "Her vital signs when she got to IU Methodist- the doctors and the nurses all said it was the worst they've ever seen. And she still lived through it. Everybody- all the nurses and doctors all said that she shouldn't have survived."

Norquist's brother says every surgery is life-threatening and there are still surgeries to come. He say bills could very well be close to $1 million. If you'd like to help Anna and the Norquist family, you can contribute to the GoFundMe at

You can also write a check to Anna Norquist and drop it off at any 1st Source Bank.