A 3-year old girl, named Evelyn Lewis, in Oregon was left partially paralyzed after being bitten by a tick. Her terrified parents made a video of her trying to walk.
The girl was fussy after her bath and did not want to stand up on May 13th. The next morning she could barely walk, crawl or use her arms.
Her parents, Amanda and her husband, took a video of her, asking for advice as to what could possibly be wrong. Her symptoms got worse, so they rushed her to the emergency room.
A doctor found a tick hiding in her hair. Her condition was called tick paralysis. It affects dogs as well as humans and can often be fatal.
Symptoms often included numbness and muscle pains in the legs. Ticks often attack themselves to the host and these symptoms occur when they attack themselves to a person’s scalp.
Removing the tick often improves the symptoms. Evelyn was much better the next morning after the tick was removed. She was acting like herself again and once again is the feisty young girl she always was.
Tick paralysis is a disease that attacks the use of a person’s muscles, according to the American Lyme Disease Foundation.
Symptoms like numbness of the legs and muscle pains begin after a tick has attached itself to a host, typically on their scalp. Once the tick is removed, symptoms typically improve. Lewis posted an update on Evelyn’s condition, saying she is doing much better. “Evelyn is doing much better. It took her until the next morning to start acting like herself again,” the post said. “She is now pretty much completely back to her feisty little self. She complains a lot about her head itching but otherwise, she’s just fine.” The video has more than 16 million views, 523,000 shares and 54,000 likes.