Dolphins visit boy hospitalized after fumigation

Posted at 10:44 AM, Sep 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-17 10:44:20-04

Members of the Miami Dolphins visited 10-year-old Peyton McCaughey on Sunday.

McCaughey is recovering after his family says he was poisoned after his home was fumigated for termites in Palm City.

Players Lamar Miller, Olivier Vernon, and Jarvis Landry visited Peyton at a Miami hospital.

According to a Dolphins’ spokesman, they brought gifts including a signed football, jersey, teddy bear, and other items. 

Players say Peyton was thrilled by their visit. 

Lamar Miller tweeted out a photo with the boy and wrote “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

The players also took photos and signed autographs for a few of Peyton’s hospital room neighbors while there. One of Peyton’s friends who was visiting said he was from New York. Jarvis Landry then called Odell Beckham Jr. via FaceTime to say hello to the kids.

The State Department of Agriculture announced Friday they are stopping Sunland Pest Control in West Palm Beach from performing any fumigations while they continue to investigate what made a Palm City boy very sick.

"We are aware of the tragic and heartbreaking incident involving Peyton, and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is investigating Sunland Pest Control in collaboration with the EPA and the Department of Health," a Department of Agriculture spokeswoman said.

During the investigation, the state is issuing what is called a "stop work order" prohibiting them from conducting any fumigations.

Peyton McCaughey's family says the child became very ill after the family's home was tented by Sunland. Sunland is a contractor used by Terminix, and not related to a company with the same name in Seminole.

Peyton at first experienced nausea, but soon lost control over most of his muscles and could not talk.

His parents and sister also became ill, but recovered.

If you would like to help the family, you can join Facebook Group "Support Peyton McCaughey" or donate on the GoFundMe Page.