Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Health News Florida

Brain-Eating Amoeba Kills Boy

Fort Myers News-Press

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.