Boy with rare brain infection donates organs

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MIAMI The family of a 12-year-old 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's organs were going to others who were "waiting on a miracle." Calls to Miami Children's Hospital were not returned early Tuesday.

The family says the boy's spirit will "always be among us."

Reyna became infected Aug. 3 while knee boarding with friends in a ditch near his family's LaBelle home. Doctors in Miami told the family late last week that the boy had extensive brain damage.

The family noted on the Facebook page created to provide updates on the child's condition that funeral arrangements have not yet been made.


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