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SEE IT: Mother shares clip of daughter suddenly paralyzed by tick

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 3 days ago Jessica Schladebeck

© imv/iStock/Getty Images An Oregon mother posted a terrifying video that sees her young daughter unable to walk, which she later learned was the result of a tick tucked beneath her child’s hair.

Beneath the now-viral clip posted to her Facebook page, Amanda Lewis explained that her daughter, Evelyn, began acting strangely just around her bedtime. The following morning she was struggling to stand.

“She could barely walk, or crawl and could hardly use her arms,” Lewis wrote in the post.

She said they recorded Evelyn and sent the clip around to family members, asking them if her daughter’s symptoms looked familiar to them. When Evelyn started to get worse, Lewis and her husband decided to rush their girl to the hospital.

“The doctor talked to us for minute and said over the past 15 years he had seen about 7 or 8 children her age with identical symptoms and that likely she had a tick,” Lewis said. “They looked her over, combed through her hair really well and sure enough found a tick hiding in her hair.”

Turns out, Evelyn was suffering from tick paralysis, a rare illness that can occur when ticks remain attached to a host for an extended period of time. Symptoms typically occur several days after the tick attaches, starting with weakness and developing into full paralysis. It can cause respiratory failure and can be fatal.

Doctors estimated the tick on Lewis’ daughter was likely hiding in her hair for almost a week, WFMY reported.

“I feel awful for not having seen this little bugger sooner but I never would have even thought to look for a tick,” Lewis said. “It’s crazy that a little bug can do this!”

Lewis added her daughter has mostly returned to her normal self since the tick was removed.

“It took her until the next morning to start acting like herself again,” she wrote in her Facebook post. “She is now pretty much completely back to her feisty little self.”

The recording of Evelyn’s sudden paralysis has garnered widespread attention on Facebook with nearly 8 million views and almost 300,000 shares. Lewis said she hoped the video would give other parents insight and help them quickly diagnose tick paralysis should they come across it.

With the change in weather, health officials have been warning that this tick season could be the worst yet. The tiny bugs are appearing in greater numbers this year than any other in recent history and experts expect a jump in tick-bourne illnesses in several regions across the U.S.

Officials said the insect repellent, DEET, is effective in keeping the ticks away. They’ve also urged people to keep their lawns trimmed and warned against letting children play in wooded or grassy areas.

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