Amanda Lewis of La Grande described the scare on Facebook, saying her daughter, Evelyn, became fussy after a bath on May 12 as well as couldn’t stand.
Amanda Lewis as well as her husband, Lantz, posted a video of their daughter still struggling to stand the next morning; the couple asked family members who are nurses for help figuring what was wrong. The video has since been watched more than 17 million times.
“Evelyn commenced acting a little weird last night around bedtime. She didn’t want to stand up after her bath to get into her pajamas. I helped her as well as got her in bed. She was a little fussy last night as well as I ended up sleeping in bed with her all night,” Amanda Lewis posted.
The girl’s symptoms began to get worse, as well as since Lantz incorporates a history with cancer, they rushed Evelyn to the ER.
Lantz Lewis told CNN, “I was inside Navy, as well as they found a rare brain tumor typically found in children. I couldn’t run straight, as well as I felt dizzy, so our minds starting going to in which.”
At the hospital, the doctor told the couple he had seen fewer than a dozen children Evelyn’s age with similar symptoms over the past 15 years as well as suggested the cause may be a tick.
“He combed one side of her head as well as then commenced combing the back as well as found the tick,” Lantz said. “He left, got some gloves as well as a pair of tweezers as well as pulled the item off.”
The doctor found a dog tick on Evelyn as well as told the couple they are not the type in which carry Lyme disease.
Goudarz Molaei, a research scientist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, says he has seen larger numbers of ticks This specific year as well as is usually predicting more Lyme infections because of higher infection rates among them.
Historically, inside winter, the station doesn’t receive many ticks for testing, he said: one or two per month, maybe 5 at the most.
“This specific year so far, we’ve received hundreds of ticks,” Molaei said. “Since April 1, we’ve received nearly 1,000 ticks.” This specific greater abundance comes as a result of two consecutive warm winters, which the insects are better able to survive, as well as longer springs as well as summers. Peak season is usually likely to be around June or July.
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The next day, Evelyn was back to normal. Her dad said her only complaint over the next couple of days was itching on her head, where the scab was.
In an update on Facebook, Amanda Lewis wrote, “She is usually today pretty much completely back to her feisty little self.”
Lantz Lewis said the couple is usually surprised at how many views the video has gotten. “We had no intention of generating the item public. The doctor said This specific could be a bad tick year, as well as the video can help show the symptoms parents should look for.”
CNN’s Susan Scutti contributed to This specific report.