Ryder Barnes and his twin sister were born on June 23rd, 2020. On Thanksgiving of 2021, this normally happy baby became extremely ill. He spiked a high fever and soon lost his vision, muscle movement, and the ability to eat or drink on his own.
After a week in a Tulsa Hospital with no diagnosis, Ryder was sent to Texas Children Hospital in Houston where he was diagnosed with Baylisascaris; a rare parasitic infection cause by a roundworm in raccoons. Ryder is 1 of 26 known cases worldwide.
This infection has caused brain atrophy, leading to brain damage. In January, Ryder was moved to a rehabilitation center in Bethany, Oklahoma, where he is currently re-learning how to eat, drink, crawl, walk and stand.
The 2022 Iron Pigs Nation & Hearts on Duty Poker Run is dedicated to helping Ryder’s family with his medical expenses.
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