Washington state boy battles mystery illness attacking his brain

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(KCPQ/CNN) — A six-year-old child is battling a life-threatening virus at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and doctors have no idea what it is, but it’s attacking his young brain.

His parents say if they don’t find an answer soon, he will die.

Remembering happier days with 6-year old Daniel Ramirez brings his parents Marijo and Jose so much joy. “He would just gab, gab, gab, gab, gab,” said Marijo Ramirez.

But this laughter has been a rare sight since October 15 when Daniel was rushed to the hospital after contracting a virus that first appeared as a stomach ache.

“His brain had swelling and he started to have seizures,” said Jose Ramirez.

As each day passes, Daniel’s condition has only gotten worse, and what’s more frustrating is that doctors don’t seem to know what the virus is that went from his stomach and is now attacking his brain.

“He was fine, and just like that, he’s fighting for his life.”

Feeling helpless, Daniel’s parents are now turning to the public for help to figure out what this illness is that’s afflicting their beloved son.

“It’s very hard because I wish I could take his pain away,” Marijo Ramirez said. “If I could switch places with him right now, I would.”

The doctors have asked the parents if Daniel had been bitten by a bat. They say they don’t believe so — they live in Bellingham and say they don’t know where that could have even happened.

They’re also hoping someone else out there might have some answers.

Symptoms they saw of Daniel’s were drooling, slurring of speech and a pain in his leg.

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