Peyton McCaughey is a 10-year-old boy who has been left unable to feed himself after a home fumigation by Terminix to treat termites. Peyton’s mother Lori, dad Carl, and little sister, returned to their Palm City, Florida home two days after it had been fumigated for termites, according to NBC Chicago.
The McCaughey had been told by the fumigation company that the house was safe to return to but that night all of them started vomiting. Peyton’s condition got worse and he started having muscle spasms and impaired speech and movement.
Peyton was taken to hospital and remains in a facility barely able to talk. Doctors say Peyton McCaughey has potentially lifelong brain damage.
“He has traumatic brain injury and loss of motor skills,” the family’s lawyer, Bill Williams, said of Peyton. “The rest of the family is fine, thank God. The little boy is not fine.”
The McCaughleys have set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for Peyton’s medical bills. They said they have been overwhelmed by the support with people donating more than $40,000 of the $100,000 target for Peyton in just three days.
“(Peyton) seems to have retained his personality and cognitive skills. Being young, he may be able to reroute the messages through other parts of his brain to regain some of his motor skills. But, he has to relearn them through a lengthy process consisting of daily physical and occupational therapy,” the family said. “We don’t know if recovery means 10 per cent better, 90 per cent better, or somewhere in between. It is unknown how long he will be in therapy. What we do know is that he is unlikely to return home for a long time.”
The McCaughleys say that the company responsible, Terminix, has not responded to their questions and concerns about the fumigation, which happened two weeks ago. A Terminix spokesman said: “We are saddened to learn of this and our hearts are with the family. We are carefully reviewing the matter.”
Members of the Miami Dolphins visited Peyton McCaughey on Sunday. Players Lamar Miller, Olivier Vernon, and Jarvis Landry visited Peyton at a Miami hospital.
According to a Dolphins’ spokesman, they brought gifts including a signed football, jersey, teddy bear, and other items for Peyton. Players say Peyton was thrilled by their visit.
Lamar Miller tweeted out a photo with McCaughley and wrote “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” The players also took photos and signed autographs for a few of boy’s hospital room neighbors while there.
One of Peyton McCaughley’s friends who was visiting said he was from New York. Jarvis Landry then called Odell Beckham Jr. via FaceTime to say hello to the kids.
As previously reported by News OXY, Prenatal exposure to fumigation and pesticides, widely used on food crops, is related to lower IQ scores at age seven. The study was compiled by researchers at the University of California-Berkeley.
The State Department of Agriculture announced Friday they are stopping Sunland Pest Control from performing any fumigations while they continue to investigate what made Peyton very sick.
“We are aware of the tragic and heartbreaking incident involving Peyton, and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is investigating Sunland Pest Control in collaboration with the EPA and the Department of Health,” a Department of Agriculture spokeswoman said. During the investigation, the state is issuing what is called a “stop work order” prohibiting them from conducting any fumigations.
Peyton McCaughey’s family says the child became very ill after the family’s home was tented by Sunland. Sunland is a contractor used by Terminix.