10-Year-Old Discovers Strange Black Mark On Leg, Dies Suddenly

A family rushed their young son to the hospital one day after his leg swelled up. For two weeks, he fought the mysterious illness, and even went into surgery. It turns out he was bitten by a deadly spider.

Keith Pierce, 10, was an otherwise healthy boy before his leg started swelling. He was an energetic fourth grader who was on the football team and the wrestling team. When he was rushed to the emergency room, the doctors could find nothing wrong with him. After ruling out cancer, they sent him home.

Two days later, Keith was taken back to the hospital with his symptoms and pain getting worse. He ended up having emergency surgery on his leg, but he never woke up. His parents finally made the agonizing decision to turn off the machines, the only thing keeping Keith technically alive. He was gone.

The coroner found the cause of death. Keith had been bitten by a brown recluse spider. He died from severe sepsis due to spider bite complications.

The brown recluse is usually found in warm climates down south. When bites occur in northern states like Montana, they're often misdiagnosed because the spider is not traditionally found in those regions. With climate change, these spiders seem to be migrating north more often.

Source: Mail Online
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Brown recluse spider bite leads to boy's death.

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