JACKSONVILLE, Florida (WTLV) – A Jacksonville, Florida boy is recovering after an infection triggered by a mosquito bite nearly killed him.
“At one time we didn’t know if he was going to make it,” said Ada Santiago.
Her son Darius was in a coma for a week after he had a stroke.
He was in the hospital for two weeks, diagnosed with Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis.
“We were told to get a priest to come and pray for him in case he needed his last rights at one point. We were told his family members could come and see him, that they would allow it because they didn’t know if he was going to make it,” said Ada.
She believes this was brought on by a mosquito bite.
“We weren’t sure, we kept checking him. I was telling them at that time, the last episode he had was a mosquito bite that had happened on the Fourth of July at River City,” said Ada.
“Some of the tests didn’t work because I started to get nervous. And then I started to stop talking and I started to forget things a lot,” said Darius.
He was having a seizure, even though his brain is fully recovered from the stroke, he’ll still have to watch for signs of seizures.
“I forget things a lot, and I get a dizzy head and all. I get very sleepy,” said Darius.
“He kind of gets this dazed out of this world look when he’s in that state. And you look at him, and you know he’s there but he’s far off somewhere else. So, we tend to watch him at those times,” said Ada.
His big sister Samantha has been by his side since he was admitted. In fact, Darius’s first word after he woke up was “Samantha.”
“We’re very blessed. We thank God every day that he can speak, he can play, he can give us a hard time like every other kid,” said Ada.
Darius still has to take medicine for his seizures twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.