A 27-year-old woman has died from a rodent-borne disease about three months after she first started showing symptoms. In early February, Kiley Lane of Aztec, New Mexico, tested positive for Hantavirus, a very rare and serious illness passed to humans through contact with the urine or droppings of infected rodents.
Lane’s mother Julie Barron told KRQE that she had no idea how her daughter could have contracted it. Lane was treated at University of New Mexico Hospital with an “ECMO machine” — which stands for Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation — designed to support or temporarily replace heart and lung function. Doctors at UNMH previously told KRQE it can essentially bring people back to life by circulating blood through their body.
But earlier this week, Lane’s family announced that the treatment did not work. “Kiley Rianna Terrell Lane left this world and joined her Heavenly Father peacefully on April 18th surrounded by her loving husband, mother, sister, and family,” they wrote.