Zachary Reyna dies after a brain-eating parasite infected him. On Aug. 26, NewsOXY reported that Reyna was treated with antibiotics after the parasite entered his brain, likely through his nose following a swim in a lake in Florida. According to the report, Reyna from complications known as "amoebic meningoencephalitis." He was only 12-years-old.
"At 1:54 today there was a crack of a bat heard. Zac took it deep. My boy hit his homerun. One that I’ll never forget. I’m so proud of him. He left it all on the field and I can’t ask for more. He did so well that he’ll be the starting 2nd baseman for The Lords team," said Zachary's dad after his young son passed away.
Zachary Reyna dies -- which is very common following this type of infection. A girl in Arkansas became infected in July and she is still fighting for her life. Is she makes it, she would be one in a handful of people who were able to beat this illness. While this is still a very rare occurrence, it seems to be happening quite often, with a couple of cases over the past couple of months alone.
The Reyna family were hopeful that their son would come out of this okay because doctors told them that the antibiotics actually worked. At the same time, doctors feared that the boy would have had severe brain damage had he lived.
News Zachary Reyna dies came via a Facebook page that his family set up for him. So far, the page has over 17k likes.
© Effie Orfanides 2013