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14yr old dies after brain-eating amoeba entered his nose while swimming

14-year-old Michael Riley, a Junior Olympian dies after a brain-eating amoeba entered his nose while swimming.

Michael Riley, a Junior Olympian dies after a brain-eating amoeba entered his nose while swimming

14-year-old Michael Riley, a Junior Olympian dies after a brain-eating amoeba entered his nose while swimming

He was swimming in a lake north of Houston with his cross country team on August 13, AP reports. Michael Riley Jr.’s family says he developed a headache and became disoriented after the swimming.

He was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (men-ingo-in-Sephalite-us).

The amoeba entered his nasal passages and made its way into his brain. Riley’s cousin Jennifer Hohman said in a statement that he was taken to Texas Children’s Hospital and placed in a medically induced coma until tests proved he had lost all brain function and couldn’t breathe without support.

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The hospital disconnected the ventilator and he was confirmed that he died.

Michael competed in the Junior Olympics three times and was due to start high school this year.

I guess we can say they were lucky right?

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