A seven-year-old boy in Brazil suffered seven heart attacks when he was stung by one of the world’s most dangerous scorpions while putting on his shoes.
Luiz Miguel Furtado Barbosa died on October 25 in a hospital, two days after being stung by a Brazilian yellow scorpion or Tityus serrulatus – a species with extremely toxic venom which is responsible for thousands of deaths in the country.
The family of four who live in the town of Anhembi, Sao Paulo state, were preparing for a Sunday morning camping trip last week.
But Luiz Miguel, who was looking forward to the adventure because he loved water, was wearing his shoe to get ready when the scorpion stung him, his mother Angelita Proença Furtado told the Brazilian newspaper. O Globo.
“As soon as he put it on he cried out in pain. As we couldn’t find what had stung him, we kept looking. But his leg started to turn red and he said the pain was increasing “, she said.
They frantically searched the house to figure out what had bitten the boy.
About five minutes after the boy was stung, Ms. Proença Furtado and her husband Eraldo Barbosa saw the dreaded yellow scorpion and took their son to Hospital das Clínicas de Botucatu, where scorpion antivenom was reportedly available.
The mother, referring to her son’s nickname, said Miguelzinho suffered four cardiac arrests in the hospital’s pediatric unit. The doctors told the parents that it would not be possible to repair the damage.
Ms Proença Furtado said she had lost all hope of recovery and entered her bedroom to put her hand on her son’s head and “gave him with all my heart to his true owner”.
But the next day, the boy’s condition seemed to improve as he opened his eyes and tried to talk to her. Luiz Miguel, however, had to be calmed down again as he was very agitated.
The boy suffered three more cardiac arrests on Tuesday, after which his condition began to deteriorate, leading to his death the same day.
Ms Proença Furtado said it was the “worst moment of my life”. She and her husband had knelt in the hospital to pray for their son’s survival.
Recalling her son the day they were getting ready for camping, the mother said: “He, as usual, was very anxious. He seemed to want to experience everything he had to experience in a single day.
“Today I realize that it’s like he’s really looking forward to life.”
Anhembi City Council declared an official three-day mourning for the boy’s death and posted a note of condolence on Instagram.
Deaths from scorpion bites are not uncommon in Brazil. The number of people stung by deadly yellow scorpions has increased tenfold since 2000. From 12,000 accidents in 2000, cases jumped to 156,000 in 2018, according to Brazil’s health ministry.
The species is parthenogenetic, meaning a female can give birth without the need for a male partner, producing up to 30 copies of herself several times a year.
Scorpion populations have increased over the years. The hidden predator has been found in places like supermarkets, homes, schools, and even in the Brazilian Senate.
Their growth has been partly blamed on the climate crisis, causing warmer, wetter conditions that prove to be excellent habitat for scorpions.
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