Boy with rare brain infection donates organs

Boy with rare brain infection donates organs


MIAMI (AP) The family of a 12yearold southwest Florida boy who was infected by a rare and deadly brain eating amoeba says his organs are being donated.


In a Facebook posting late Monday, the family announced that Zachary Reyna organs were going to others who were on a miracle. Calls to Miami Children Hospital were not returned early Tuesday.


is our miracle, the family Facebook posting said. spirit will always be among us. He changed all of our lives, brought us closer to God, strengthened our family and his story has touched people around the world. Reyna became infected Aug. 3 while knee boarding with friends Garrett Hartley Jersey Ebay in a ditch near his family LaBelle home. Doctors in Miami told the family late last week that the boy had extensive brain damage.


The family also noted on the Facebook page created to provide updates on the child condition that funeral arrangements had Nike Garrett Hartley Jersey not yet been made.


Spokeswoman Jennifer Caminas said, Miami Children Hospital heartfelt condolences to this devoted family. We respect the Garrett Hartley Black Jersey family wishes and honor their privacy at this time. The boy uncle, Homer Villarreal, told The Associated Press on Saturday that the family was still reeling from the loss of a boy with boundless energy. He said the boy had challenged him to a basketball game two days before he was admitted to the hospital.


hard for me to believe that Zachary can be laying in bed when this kid would never run out of energy, Villarreal said. hard for all of us to believe Garrett Hartley Jersey this is happening to him. The brain infection is called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). It destroys brain tissue and is usually fatal.


Victims typically are exposed to the bug while swimming or doing water sports in warm ponds, lakes, rivers and canals during the hot summer months, mostly in the South.

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