Boy battles brain-eating amoeba

LABELLE, Florida (WBBH) – A 12-year-old LaBelle, Florida boy is fighting for his life against a rare and often fatal infection that is attacking and eating away at his brain.

If he survives, he’ll become only the fourth person to ever overcome the brain-eating amoeba he contracted while knee boarding with friends.

Zachary Reyna has been diagnosed with primary amoebic meningoencephalitis-or PAM.

PAM is caused by an amoeba found in still, warm water. It traveled up Zachary’s nose and into his brain.

 

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