A 6-year-old Florida boy has died from rabies which he contracted after being scratched by an infected bat.
Ryker Roque’s father said they found a sick bat, placed it in a bucket, and even though his son was instructed not to touch it, he was scratched. The boy’s wound was thoroughly washed and the parent did not take his son to the hospital.
According to the father’s recount, the boy began having headaches and numbness in his fingers about a week after the incident. The family’s GoFundMe page states that Ryker began suffering from convulsions and hallucinations. At that time, he was taken to the hospital for treatment.
A few days later, the hospital confirmed that Ryker had been infected with rabies. According to the family’s GoFundMe page, they were also told that with conventional treatment, there was no chance for his survival.
They clung to hope with news of a new treatment that was reportedly favorable for a young girl in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Ryker, who was afraid of shots, was placed in a medically-induced coma when his parents opted to try an experimental treatment, hoping to save their son.
But the treatment was not successful and the 6-year-old died at an Orlando hospital on Sunday.
Rabies is almost always preventable when a vaccine is administered prior to the onset of symptoms. Once symptoms present, the disease is usually fatal.
Ryker’s family has set up a GoFundMe page for those wishing to help.