Boy, 12, Loses Battle With Brain-Eating Amoeba
Zachary Reyna will be taken off life-support after days of no brain activity
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2013 1:42 PM CDT
Zachary Reyna   (Facebook)

(Newser) – Zachary Reyna, the 12-year-old Florida boy who was battling a brain-eating amoeba, has "passed," according to his family, and will be taken off life support later today. Reyna has shown negative brain activity for days, but is being kept on a ventilator so his organs can be donated, reports the Huffington Post. " Even though Zac has passed, he will still be saving many lives," his family wrote on his Facebook page. The boy had fought off the infection with antibiotics, but was left with brain damage.

In happier news, the 12-year-old girl battling a brain-eating amoeba in Arkansas, is doing better, reports the AP. Kali Hardig has now recovered some speech, according to her parents. "She's not speaking normal, but she is doing wonderful trying to pronounce stuff," says her mother. Hardig can reportedly say "yes," "no," "hi mama," "daddy" and "nanny." "It's still a concern that she could certainly have some deficits long-term and not function entirely as she would have if this had never happened," says one of her doctors, but, she adds, "She's up and participating in all her therapy. ... She's saying more, and things are basically looking good."

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Aug 26, 2013 6:29 PM CDT
Really? Some of you people who are arguing against donating his organs are ridiculous. Honestly, do you think that the doctors are going to transplant organs that'll infect the recipient with a brain eating amoeba? The people who are handling it are scientists. They are learned at their own profession. Newser trolls are not. His organs can save a life. It's the families wishes... but I guess they shouldn't because some over paranoid Newser reader decided it's a bad idea based on.... nothing.
Aug 26, 2013 9:41 AM CDT
RIP, young man. I agree that these organs should never be transplanted. Who the Hell came up with this idea???? They should instead be studied to ensure that this never happens to any man, woman or child.
Aug 25, 2013 8:33 PM CDT
Donated organs have saved many lives but in this case the organs should not be transplanted.