The football player ant bites that lead to the death of 13-year-old Cameron Espinosa could have been prevented if the football field at the Paul R. Haas Middle School in Corpus Christi would not have been infested with ants. A Texas town is “outraged after middle school football player dies from attack by ants” during a football game, reported NBC News on Sept. 18, 2013.
Following the football player’s death from ant bites, Corpus Christi Independent School District board member Hector Salinas took a closer look at the football field at the Paul R. Haas Middle School in Corpus Christi, Texas, and “personally saw more than 20 ant piles.”
Last Wednesday, 13-year-old Cameron Espinosa was playing football on the school's football field and was in a huddle with his teammates when he all of a sudden yelled, "Ants! Ants! Ants!"
He collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. The football game continued.
Late on Sunday, the 13-year-old football player who had been bitten by ants died. His funeral is on Thursday.
What has the parents of the Middle School students in uproar is that the school did not do anything against the ants on the football field – until now – and that no one was there to administer an EpiPen.
Either one of the two cases could have saved her son’s life, says Cameron Espinosa’s mother.
"People can tell me, well, when it rains, the ants come out. No," said Cameron’s mother last week after her son had been bitten by ants on the football field and was still alive. "I don't want to hear that. No. This kid got bit by a lot of ants. Something went wrong."
Most children who get stung by ants do not have a severe allergic reaction. Most children experience itching and some swelling after being bitten by ants because the mild allergic reaction is a response to the ants’ venom.
Severe allergic reactions that include a rash, respiratory distress, and going into shock are uncommon with ants. However, severe allergic reactions to anything can happen anywhere if it is unknown that a child is allergic to something. Simply walking over a field of grass can cause a severe allergic reaction.
While children cannot be protected from everything, having children play on an ant-infested football field is understandably a reason to be in uproar. Not having an EpiPen on hand, which takes care of any immediate allergic reaction, is even more reason to be in uproar.
An EpiPen can be administered by almost anyone and takes immediate effect on an allergic reaction.
Following the football player’s ant bites death, Corpus Christi Independent School District board member Hector Salinas agrees with the parents who are outraged and who are in uproar.
"Parents, they rely on us and the school to take care of the kids and make sure that they're safe," Hector Salinas said, "And somehow, you know what? We didn't do our job."