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Doctors Misdiagnose Spot On 10-Year-Old Boy's Leg - 2 Weeks Later He Dies

Keith Pierce’s parents brought him to the doctor’s office several times after he experienced swelling in his legs, however his condition only grew worse. According to Little Things, the doctors still thought it was cancer after a strange round dark colored marking appeared on his leg. But they didn’t actually know what it was.

“I saw what appeared to be a set of fang marks,” Keith’s mother, Mandy, told LittleThings. “I tried to tell them that it was a spider bite.”

She said doctors were convinced it was cancer and completely ignored the obvious. He was taken to St. Vincent Hospital and put on an IV drip with antibiotics. Two days later sepsis set in. Doctors went to perform emergency surgery, and Keith never woke up from it. Forensic tests showed that he died from severe sepsis, or poisoning of the blood, because of complications from a bite from a brown recluse spider.

“Keith passed away less than 24 hours later — one month and four days after his 10th birthday,” Mandy says.

The the brown recluse spider is the only other spider with medically significant venom in North America besides the black widow. It is commonly found in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and parts of Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska.

Source: Little Things
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