A pediatric critical care doctor's quick, outside-the-box thinking saved the life of a 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing who had a rare case of bubonic plague contracted while camping in southwest Colorado. (Courtesy Darcy and Sean Downing)

A pediatric critical care doctor’s quick, outside-the-box thinking saved the life of a 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing who had a rare case of bubonic plague contracted while camping in southwest Colorado. (Courtesy Darcy and Sean Downing)


Colorado Girl Contracts Bubonic Plague

A Colorado girl, 7, has contracted a rare and deadly case of bubonic Plague.

She is currently in stable condition at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, according to a report from ABC News.

While on a picnic with her family, Sierra Jane Downing discovered a dead squirrel. Being an avid animal lover she wanted to give the animal a proper burial.

“We told her to stay away from it,” her mother, Darcy Downing, said.

The young girl went back to the dead animal and picked it up with her sweatshirt. Later, she tied the sweatshirt around her waist.

Five days later, she came down with a fever and was vomiting. She later had a seizure and that is when her parent rushed her to the hospital.

“We thought she had a flu,” Sierra’s mother, Darcy Downing, told the local CBS station.

Sierra Jane is doing much better and could be returning home by the end of the week.

“It was touch-and-go for a while, and all we could do is pray,” her father, Sean Downing said.

“She’s just a fighter,” her mother added.

The bubonic plague, or Black Death, killed an estimated 25 million people in Europe in the Middle Ages.

By Mikael Häggström (All used images are in public domain.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Mikael Häggström (All used images are in public domain.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons