PEYTON McCaughey, 10, has been left unable to feed himself and with “uncontrollable twitching and flopping’ after a botched home fumigation.
Peyton, his mother Lori, dad, Carl, and little sister, returned to their Palm City, Florida home two days after it had been treated for termites.
They had been told by the fumigation company that the house was safe to return to but that night all of them started vomiting.
While the others started getting better, Peyton’s condition got worse and he started having muscle spasms and impaired speech and movement, reports WPBF.
He was taken to hospital and remains in a facility barely able to talk.
Doctors say he has potentially lifelong brain damage.
“He has traumatic brain injury and loss of motor skills,” the McCaugheys’ lawyer, Bill Williams, told CNN. “The rest of the family is fine, thank God. The little boy is not fine.”
They said they have been overwhelmed by the support with people donating more than $40,000 of the $100,000 target 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.”
Payton’s uncle, Ed Gribben has set up a Go Fund Me account to help his sister and her family. Lori, who is an assistant principal at Martin County High School, and her husband Carl will not be able to work while they stay with Peyton, who remains hospitalized in Miami.
“He may never be able to play on a field or court again, but our hope is to get him back on his own feet and to school, no matter how long it takes,” Gribben said on the Supporting Peyton McCaughey Go Fund Me page. The page was created on Tuesday, Sept. 1. As of noon on Friday, Sept. 4, $39,120 had been donated.
The McCaugheys are apparently yet to file a lawsuit against Sunland Pest Control.
However, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has since issued an order banning Sunland Pest Control from carrying out any fumigations at this time, WPBF reports.
The Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services announced Friday that it, too, “is investigating in collaboration with the (federal) EPA and the (state) Department of Health.”
“While our investigation is ongoing, we are issuing a Stop Work Order prohibiting (Sunland Pest Control) from conducting any fumigations at this time,” the agricultural and consumer services department said in a statement.