Colorado boy remembers after fatal rattlesnake bite

It has been an arduous journey to surrender for Lindsey Currat.

The Colorado Springs mother prayed for five days while her son was in the care of trauma doctors, begging God to heal him and perform a miracle. But nothing she could do would cure her pain or help her understand the complexities of survival and death.

What happened to her 6-year-old son, Simon, early last month might be considered mysterious or bizarre to some.

“People don’t die from rattlesnake bites. Just the fact that it collapsed immediately strikes me as odd,” she said.

Simon was about to start first year. The days of kindergarten were a thing of the past and he had recently graduated from an elementary class in Sunday school. He also bragged about how lucky he was to flaunt his toothless smile as his baby teeth began to fall out.

Nic and Lindsey Currat tragically lost their 6-year-old son Simon to a snakebite, which sent him into cardiac arrest and left him in a coma. (Lindsey Currat)

“He was proud of all those things,” his mother vividly recalls.

Simon was like most typical children his age. His backyard was his workshop, because his imagination was as wild as his energy. He sometimes used old gutters as waterways or tracks for his Hot Wheels. And he liked to plant fruits in the yard, hoping that one day they would grow into abundant trees.

But this world of creativity and creation will be cut short following an encounter with a rattlesnake, sending him into cardiac arrest and leaving him in a coma.

Simon’s Last Word

The second adventurer of four children left on July 5 for a late afternoon bike ride after dinner. He was following his father, who was carrying Simon’s 3-year-old sister in a bicycle seat through the Bluestem Prairie Open Space in Colorado Springs.

Simon enjoyed exploring the wilderness with his father, as they could get out of dirty, narrow paths dodging branches in the face and splashing in the occasional puddles.

“It’s sturdy, and Simon had told my husband he liked it because it was like a video game only in real life,” Currat said.

During this particular adventure, Simon decided to run ahead to watch a mile sign on the trail they were exploring during a water stop.

“Rattlesnake!” he cried in fear to his father. Simon then collapsed and turned purple.

Simon’s father stood helpless as he rushed to his son’s aid. No one else was on the trail and he couldn’t call for help because he had left his phone at home.

With his son in his arms, the father and daughter ran across the field, hoping over a barbed wire fence to the nearest residential area, screaming for help. A dog walker would soon rush to their aid and call 911, staying with them until help arrived.

Simon’s breathing became shallow as paramedics struggled to intubate him before leaving for hospital.

“Looking back, it was a huge failure,” Currat said. “You could have driven for those 10 minutes instead of repeatedly trying to intubate him and not succeeding.”

Simon was in cardiac arrest for more than 20 minutes as first responders worked to resuscitate him.

Doctors treated him with anti-venoms and blood products, while in a coma. Simon’s vital signs would continue to drop as his situation became dire hours after the bite.

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The Currat family lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Parents Nic and Lindsey have four children; Anna (8), Simon (6), Renée (3) and Victor (10 months). (Lindsey Currat)

“I never gave up”

An air ambulance transferred him to Colorado Children’s Hospital in Colorado Springs, but there was little to no improvement while he was on life support.

“At that time, they had even already told us that after suffering such a cardiac arrest, he probably wouldn’t survive,” Currat said.

Simon was now in complete kidney failure and the hospital said they could not help treat him. Transferred by helicopter, again, Simon would spend his final days at Children’s Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, where dialysis was underway.

“Nobody ever really gave us hope that they thought they would survive,” Currat said. “I never gave up my belief that God could do a miracle and God could bring it back.”

Several tests would determine that there was no life left in his brain, and Simon’s family made the final and painful decision.

“The doctors weren’t going to be able to cure him, and he was in God’s hands,” Simon’s mother cried. “If God wanted to do a miracle, he could. And if God wanted to take it, he could.”

Simon passed away peacefully in his parents’ arms on July 10.

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Simon’s parents said he was proud of the things that showed he was growing up, like losing his teeth and being able to make ramen noodles and scrambled eggs on his own. (Lindsey Currat)

Support grows

The Currats not only lost a wonderful son, but their three other children lost a best friend, and “the world has lost a beautiful, faith-filled soul,” the family listed in Simon’s obituary.

“I believe I will see him again one day when I have to cross the threshold of death. God will also raise me from the dead in heaven, and I can be with my son again,” Currat said. .

As the family deals with their loss, they ask others to think wisely about their lives because no one is guaranteed tomorrow.

“I don’t know if people need to be horribly afraid of rattlesnakes, but they just need to be horribly afraid of what they’re going to do when they die,” Currat said. “Are you going to meet Jesus or not? No one has a free pass to this world.”

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The Currats said they not only lost a wonderful son, but their three other children lost a best friend and the world lost a beautiful, faith-filled soul. (Lindsey Currat)

The Currat family is no stranger to tragic medical events. Simon was a loving brother to his 8 year old older sister who uses a wheelchair. She was born prematurely due to in utero distress and suffered a brain injury that left her blind, non-verbal and tube-fed from birth.

She suffered a prolonged seizure at home the same day Simon was bitten and was taken to the same hospital her brother was admitted to. They were separated by walls for two days on the last voyage of Simon’s life.

More than $63,000 has been raised so far to help the Currat family with medical and funeral expenses. Click here if you would like to donate.

The support the family has received from the community has been overwhelming, but it’s something Simon’s mum wishes he never had. Those who heard the news sent in cards from several states and churches the family never attended.

“I would give all the cards, the flowers, the money and the support. I would give it all if I could have my son. But it’s pretty amazing that people love my family,” Currat said.

Death by rattlesnake bite is extremely rare

Venomous snakes found in the United States include rattlesnakes, copperheads, cottonmouths, and coral snakes.

The most recent fatal rattlesnake bite in Colorado before Simon’s occurred in 2017 when a 31-year-old man died after being bitten near Golden, the Colorado reports. It is estimated that the state sees about 200 rattlesnake bites a year.

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Every year, about 8,000 people are bitten by poisonous snakes in the United States, and about 5 of those people die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of deaths would be much higher if people did not seek treatment, the country’s main public health agency said.

For those bitten by rattlesnakes, 10-44% will have lasting injuries. An example of a permanent disability or injury is the ability to use a finger or lose part or all of it.

Most bites occur between April and October, when snakes and humans are most active outdoors, reports the US Forest Service. And about 1 in 4 bites are “dry,” meaning no venom was injected, but bites still require medical treatment.

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