Young Tourist Dies from Rabies After Trying to Help Stray Dog

May 10, 2019May 10, 2019

A tragic incident has just ended the life of a well-meaning tourist. According to reports, a 24-year-old woman from Norway has just passed away.

She had reportedly contracted rabies while in the Philippines. She was trying to help a stray dog when she came in contact with the disease.

"Birgitte Kallestad, 24, traveled to the Southeast Asian nation with friends in February. One day, while riding mopeds through town, they came across a puppy on the side of the road. Kallestad carried the puppy in her basket and took it back to the resort they were staying at, her family said in a statement," according to the Daily Mail.

She reportedly washed the puppy and played with it. During that time, the puppy scratched and nipped at the young woman. However, she never expected what was to come.

"After returning to Norway, Kallestad fell ill and was hospitalized several times as doctors scrambled to figure out what was wrong with her. She died Monday at the hospital where she worked more than two months after coming in contact with the puppy," wrote Fox.

Rabies is a treatable disease but can be life-threatening if it is not addressed quickly. Birgitte reportedly had her cuts cleaned by a medical official but she wasn't treated for the actual rabies disease in time.

“Our dear Birgitte loved animals,” her family said in a statement, the BBC reported. “Our fear is that this will happen to others who have a warm heart like her.”

Please join us in praying for her family at this sad time. We pray her story helps others.

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