Boy suffers brain injury after family’s home is fumigated for termites

September 5, 2015 ~Mary Fuller~   ABC World News Tonight


Greg Martini, director of public relations at the Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath law firm, which is working with the family, said, “There’s lots of things to cover and we’re not at the 50 yard line”.

A 10-year-old Florida boy is fighting to get control of his limbs and speech back following a termite fumigation at his home, the boy’s family said. The family was told it was safe to return to the home two days later on August 16, Williams said. Lori, who is an assistant principal at Martin County High School, and her husband Carl will not be able to work while they stay with Peyton, who remains hospitalized in Miami.

A local doctor diagnosed him with chemical poisoning and Peyton was rushed to a children’s hospital.

Overwhelmed… Peyton’s family, including mother Lori and father Carl, say they can’t believe the level of support they have received after Peyton was hospitalised.

An investigation into the situation has been launched by the Department of Justice.

According to a report, a Treasure Coast pest control company has been ordered by the state to a stop fumigations after a Palm City boy fell ill.

“A recent MRI suggests there is brain damage”, the page said. He wasn’t able to stand on his own. “He is unable to feed himself, but his appetite is improving”.

Williams added that, “He’s got his personality; he will still smile and still laugh, but he can’t get the words out that he wants to say and can’t move the way he wants to move, and frustration sets in”. “At times, he becomes very frustrated”. The boy known for his love of Minecraft and sports is trying to get his motor skills back through daily therapy, he said.

Peyton McCaughey, 10, suffered brain damage after returning to his home that had been fumigated for termites. “We don’t know if recovery means 10 per cent better, 90 per cent better, or somewhere in between”.

The family has not filed a lawsuit.

A GoFundMe account has been created to help the family with expenses. Other people have given nearly $10,000 in offline donations, according to Gribben.

A spokesperson for Terminex recently made the following statement: “We are saddened to learn of this and our hearts are with the family”.

Terminix is “carefully reviewing” the family’s story, a spokesman told the news station.

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