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Opal Ranum

Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA
Death Jun 1915 (aged 5)
Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA
Plot Sec 15 lot 20 grave 5
Memorial ID 142877374 · View Source
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Lincoln Daily News - June 7, 1915


Five year old Opal Ranum of Havelock succumbs

Convulsions took place sixteen days after little one was attacked by bulldog which had rabies.

Opal, five-year old daughter of Simon Ranum of Norwood Park, of Havelock. died at her father's home Monday noon. Death was due to rabies. The child had been ill since Saturday morning and had suffered convulsions for several hours.

Saturday evening, May 22, the little girl was standing on the front porch of the Ranum home when James Lewis, a newspaper carrier, approached with the evening papers. He was accompanied by a bulldog, the property of his father, W.W. Lewis. Neighbors said the dog had been fighting, and that there were traces of froth about his mouth. He ran onto the porch and bit the girl in the face.

The child was attended to by Dr. H.A. Fulton. Saturday night, as soon as he had learned of the facts of the case, he wired to Philadelphia for the Pasteur treatment. The dog was killed and its head sent to Dr. William F. Wild, state bacteriologist. Doctor Wild found symptoms of rabies.

The child's face was terribly lacerated. For a few days, however, she appeared to be improving. The treatment was received from the Philadelphia laboratory and administered each day. It was planned to continue the treatments for twenty-five days at the end of which the danger would have been over. As hydrophobia usually does not make its appearance for from eight days to six months, the doctors were unable to determine whether or not the child was affected.

Last Saturday morning, the patient began to show symptoms. She had difficulty swallowing, her heartbeats were more rapid than usual and she was extremely nervous. Gradually she grew worse and by Monday morning she was in convulsions. Death occurred at 12 o'clock. Sixteen of the twenty-five treatments had been concluded.

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  • Created by: Stephen Ranum
  • Added: 21 Feb 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 142877374
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Opal Ranum (8 Apr 1910–Jun 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 142877374, citing Fairview Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Stephen Ranum (contributor 46897796) .