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Brain-Eating Amoeba Kills Boy

Fort Myers News-Press
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

The family of Zachary Reyna, a LaBelle boy who fought a brain-eating infection for 20 days,  says the 12-year-old is now on a ventilator at Miami Children’s Hospital so his organs can be donated, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. Although antibiotics helped clear up the primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, he suffered too much brain damage to recover, his family says. The extremely rare infection is almost always fatal.  

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