Damian Holden was a family man with a pregnant wife, a young son, and a pet Weimaraner when the dog nipped him on the hand during a June 2009 camping trip in Wales. He disinfected the small wound, but thought nothing more of it. Becoming feverish over the next few days, he sought treatment back home in Crewe, Cheshire. He was experiencing a number of complications due to sepsis. In July 2009, both of Damian's feet had to be amputated due to blood clots. In August, he suffered a swollen neck and heart complications caused by a fluid build-up in his chest. In September, all antibiotics were no longer effective and the sepsis was severe. "I realized at this point it was an incurable condition," said his doctor. "There were no surgical options. We had explored every possible medical treatment to exhaustion.'' Multiple organ failure followed, and Damian died in the intensive care unit at Leighton Hospital in September 2009. Coroner Nicholas Rheinberg recorded a verdict of accidental death. Damian Holden, 35, had suffered a rare inflammatory reaction to a virus in the dog's saliva.