In a poignant update, Branson Riley Carlisle, a 5-year-old boy whose untimely death was caused by a venomous spider bite this week, is being lovingly remembered by his loved ones. Sport Act News provides an update this Friday, November 28, sharing that the culprit, a brown recluse spider, inflicted a fatal reaction that left the poor child a “very sick young man.” Such instances are very rare cases. Hundreds of people are offering supportive comments and their condolences online, while medical officials are offering readers ways to be more aware of the signs of a potential infection.
Branson Riley Carlisle, a healthy Alabama child, was far too young and innocent to die. Yet a devastating tragedy claimed his life this week, as the boy was killed by a brown recluse spider that had crawled into his bedroom. Carlisle, from Alabama, was quickly taken to an Albertsville hospital, but died within several hours due to the severity and potency of the venomous spider bite. The family’s pastor revealed to a local news station in the update that the family is grieving over the unexpected loss of their child.
These highly rare cases of spider bite deaths are said to only occur several times per year in the whole nation. This isn’t the first time that the Carlisles have had to deal with invasive spiders entering their home without invitation. The family reportedly had exterminators come every several week to try to flush out the arachnids, but one brown recluse spider was to blame for the heartrending death Cold weather was to blame for more spiders than usual seeking refuge in the home.
There are ways to prepare in case of such an incident, and early detection is key. According to Dr. Alan Kitchens, a Marshall Medical Center doctor and emergency room specialist, he sees spider bites regularly infrequently. Some people come in with misdiagnosed “bites,” while others are relatively harmless. Yet in the case of a brown recluse spider, medical attention is normally required, as the venomous arachnid can sometimes cause serious, even fatal (as in Branson’s case), side effects with its poison.
Being prepared to ask for professional help is an absolute must. If a lesion or reddish bump forms on the skin, as occurred to the “sick young man” Branson, it is time to get medical help as soon as possible. The press release relays that it is likely at this point that the bite is infected and will continue to get worse if treatment is not received. “Any type of reaction, perhaps passing out, dizziness, heart palpitations, or difficulty breathing, you need to seek medical help much quicker,” the doctor noted.
Within a week of his passing, Branson Riley Carlisle had a private funeral held in his honor at Memory Hill Cemetery in Alabama, says the news page of Albertville Memorial Chapel. A director for Marshall Medical center added that the 5-year-old boy’s family rushed him in to the hospital after he was bitten, and it was confirmed to be that of a brown recluse spider bite.
“It had the classic markings’ of a brown recluse,” said the medical official. “He was a very sick young man. It is a rare, rare situation for someone to die of a spider bite in our country.”
Although a tragic and highly unusual case may have caused Branson Riley Carlisle’s death, people have nonetheless been taking to the online Albertsville Memorial Page to give their sympathies and words of hope to the 5-year-old’s devastated family. While the grief may be too near over his passing by venomous spider bite, the support of friends, family, and even strangers will no doubt provide some much-needed love and comfort. More details on the child’s passing and information regarding brown recluse spiders can be found in the original report here.
“I am so very sorry to read about the loss of your little boy. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless and take good care of each other.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Just trust in the Lord with all thine heart and know that your little one is with Jesus. God bless and love you.
I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious child. My husband & I know the crushing pain of such a loss, and so will pray that our good Father in heaven will comfort your hearts as only He
To the Carlisle family, As someone who has lost a child I am heartbroken for your loss. May Heaven Above send you comfort and support at this desperately sad time. I can only believe that your dear little son was such a special spirit that he was called Home at such a tender age. I hope you know there are legions of people praying for your family. My deepest sympathies, Richard Whiteside.”