Sadly, Branson Riley Carlise was killed from a deadly brown recluse spider bite this week in a highly rare death. The 5-year-old boy from Alabama was said to have been bitten while at home after the venomous spider crawled way into his bedroom. Opposing Views News reported this Wednesday, November 26, 2014, that although Branson was immediately taken to the hospital, he died from the fatal effects of the 8-legged arachnid within only hours.
As a result of a tiny but potent bite, Branson Riley Carlisle, 5, was killed by a brown recluse spider. This small but potentially deadly spider was discovered in the young boy’s Alabama bedroom on Sunday afternoon, and despite quick medical attention, Carlisle passed away. The family is reportedly devastated by the shocking loss, and Branson was buried this Wednesday evening. The whole situation occurred within a matter of hours, proving how potent the brown recluse’s attack can be.
Deaths by spider may be uncommon, but that does not ease the blow when it happens. Information from the press release reveals that the 5-year-old boy’s condition continued to worsen from the arachnid’s venom after being admitted to the hospital. The brown recluse spider has a powerful bite, and if not treated swiftly enough, can cause human death. Apparently, the Carlisle family knew that an unusually high number of spiders were in their home recently. Although pest control officials had visited their house in the past, it apparently wasn’t enough to stop this particular spider.
Officials remained unsure as to what 8-legged arachnid it was for a time, but 5-year-old Branson Riley Carlisle’s bite was confirmed to have been caused by a brown recluse — a spider more technically known as Loxosceles reclusa, says the Inquisitr News. While the arachnid normally keeps to itself — its name was even given due to its unassuming and isolated nature — it can attack, even when unprovoked. It was a death that the family “would have never expected,” added the report.
Although they might be thin and tiny in size, people are warned not to underestimate these spiders or their venom. Brown recluse spiders are located in many areas throughout the U.S. nation, but they prefer warm locations that offer dark spaces and concealed hiding spots. Everywhere from a dark corner, closet shelf, or beneath a piece of furniture are ideal for this eight-legged recluse. Even old clothes or abandoned shoes can become homes for this type of spider. Due to its normally small size and expertise in concealment, it is rarely seen by humans.
The service for Branson Riley Carlisle on Wednesday was said to be a heartfelt and moving one. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the 5-year-old during this difficult time. Reports have not stated how Branson was specifically bitten, but these spiders normally only bite if they feel they are being threatened. This often occurs if someone accidentally brushes against the arachnid or imposes on its territory. They are known to have potent bites and can lead to severe or deadly reactions, which sadly occurred in this boy’s case. Deaths by spider bite are extremely rare in the U.S. nation, with less than 10 occurring per year.