Florida Boy Dies of Rabies After Sick Bat Scratches Him

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A 6-year-old in Florida named Ryker Roque has died from rabies despite the use of an experimental protocol to treat the condition. The man told the reporters that after capturing it, he placed a bucket on top of it and specifically told his son, six-year-old Ryker Roque not to play around with it.

He said he had found a sick bat, put it in a bucket and told his son not to touch it, but he did and was scratched. However, he explained that they didn't immediately take Ryker to the hospital because he cried at the thought of getting shots.

A week after the initial incident, the young boy began to complain that his fingers had gone numb and he was having headaches.

Ryker Roque was being kept under anesthesia in an Orlando hospital in a desperate bid to save him from the deadliest virus there is.

He said doctors told him that once rabies symptoms emerge, it's almost impossible to stop and nearly always lethal.

With bats it can be hard to tell that you've been bitten due to the small size of their teeth.

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Ryker was put into a medically induced coma, an experimental treatment that is meant to force his body to create its own specialised antibodies to fight the infection. With smaller children, they often don't recall the incident afterward, which makes treatment hard. According to the CDC, "once a person begins to exhibit signs of the disease, survival is rare".

Willoughby's relatively new method of treatment for the disease has worked in some cases in the past.

The Milwaukee protocol has been credited with saving the life of a handful of infected patients.

She was sedated and treated with antiviral drugs, which cured her.

The family's GoFundMe page states, 'We are so sad to say that Ryker lost his fight last night.

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