Boy with rare brain infection on ventilator

MIAMI (AP) — Family members of a 12-year-old boy who was infected by a rare and deadly amoeba say he’s on a ventilator.

Zachary Reyna has fought the brain infection for months. Family members say he was infected while knee boarding with friends in a ditch near his family’s LaBelle home on Aug. 3.

His uncle, Homer Villarreal, says doctors say his brain isn’t showing any activity.

Family members and friends were visiting Reyna on Sunday at Miami Children’s Hospital.

A post on the Facebook page the family set up said his parents planned to donate his organs.

Infections from the amoeba are rare. Twenty-eight infections were reported in the U.S. from 2003 to 2012.

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