“I know he’s watching over all of us right now,” said Correa of 6-year-old Josiah McIntyre. “I’ll keep you guys in my prayers.”
CLUTE, Texas — Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is among the many dozens and dozens of neighbors who’re dashing in to help the household of Josiah McIntyre.
McIntyre is the 6-year-old Brazoria County boy who died after being contaminated by a uncommon however very lethal mind consuming ameba. The little boy was an Astros tremendous fan. His mother stated she is discovering consolation in a message from her son’s favourite participant.
Josiah McIntyre continues to be with us in so some ways.
“He loved sports. Baseball, obviously,” stated mom Maria Castillo.
McIntyre additionally cherished the Astros.
“He used to say that his name was Josiah Christopher McIntyre Carlos Correa,” stated Castillo. “He was probably the happiest little boy you would’ve ever met.”
The little boy’s reminiscence is being handled just like the celebrity he was. It’s why family and friends organized an public sale on Saturday in his honor. It’s why his smile is now printed on t-shirts and face masks.
McIntyre had simply began the primary grade at an elementary faculty in Clute, Texas.
Castillo stated on Thursday, Sept. 3, her son complained of a headache.
“Friday, he began vomiting and having fever,” she stated.
Castillo thought her son might need the flu. She started to deal with his signs with drugs and bedrest.
But by Saturday, Castillo stated her son’s well being wasn’t bettering. She took him to an emergency room in Brazoria County. Doctors examined the boy for the flu, strep throat and COVID-19. All of the checks got here again damaging.
On Sunday, “He was beginning to jumble sentences,” Castillo stated.
So she rushed her son to the Texas Medical Center. It’s greater than an hour drive from her house in Clute. Castillo stated docs at Texas Children’s Hospital discovered swelling in McIntyre’s mind.
Castillo stated docs started treating McIntyre for meningitis whereas ready for extra take a look at outcomes. Castillo stated early Tuesday morning, docs confirmed her son was contaminated with a mind consuming ameba, Naegleria fowleri, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report is normally found in warm freshwater like lakes, rivers and scorching springs.
“We haven’t been to the river this year. We don’t go lake jumping or river jumping,” Castillo stated. “You go straight to googling what it is and what exactly it does and how long it takes. It’s incubation time.”
The CDC stories Naegleria fowleri causes the illness main amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a mind an infection that results in the destruction of mind tissue. In its early phases, signs of PAM could also be much like signs of bacterial meningitis. Initial signs of PAM begin about 5 days (vary 1 to 9 days) after an infection. The preliminary signs might embrace headache, fever, nausea, or vomiting. Later signs can embrace stiff neck, confusion, lack of consideration to folks and environment, loss of stability, seizures, and hallucinations. After the beginning of signs, the illness progresses quickly and normally causes demise inside about 5 days (vary 1 to 12 days).
McIntyre died Thursday, Sept. 8. His mom and his household have been in a position to be with him in his last moments.
Castillo stated she tried her greatest to say goodbye to her first-born youngster.
“I don’t know when you ever actually do, as a result of I really feel like there was a lot extra I wished to say. You can’t inform someone you like them sufficient,” she stated.
News of McIntyre’s demise made it to Daniella Correa, spouse of Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, McIntyre’s favourite participant.
Both Daniella Correa and her husband despatched video messages to Castillo and her household. It speaks volumes of the Correas, and it introduced consolation to the mom who misses her son.
“I was very sad, because I never got to meet him, never got to give him a hug, never got to say hi,” Carlos Correa stated. “I know he’s watching over all of us right now. And I want you guys to know that I’m here for anything that you guys need. And hopefully, I can meet you guys soon. I’ll keep you guys in my prayers.”
People are praying for and pondering of Josiah McIntyre. He’s nonetheless with us in so some ways. His mom hopes his story will stick with us, too.
“It’s always, oh, one in 100. What are the chances of that happening to me?” Castillo said. “That’s how it is until it happens to you.”