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Teen fighting for his life after contracting brain-eating amoeba

Teen fighting for his life after contracting brain-eating amoeba
のみ 25 per cent of those infected survive the lethal Naegleria Fowleri amoeba

A フロリダ teenager is fighting for his life after contracting a “brain-eating” バクテリア during a trip to the beach.

Caleb Ziegelbauer, 13, has spent nearly two weeks in the ICU at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers, NBC reported on Tuesday.

Doctors believe Caleb contracted Naegleria Fowleri, commonly known as the brain-eating bacteria, when he was visiting Port Charlotte beaches with his family on 1 7月.

Caleb only began displaying symptoms several days afterwards. オン 6 7月, he volunteered at the local library and returned home with a headache, close relatives shared on Facebook last week.

次の日, the athletic teenager began feeling lethargic and had a high fever and neck pain. Caleb was rushed to the ER when his symptoms persisted and he was initially diagnosed with meningitis due to the unexplainable swelling in his brain.

Doctors were eventually able to link the brain swelling to his visit to the beach days prior, and Caleb was diagnosed with the dangerous bacteria, which only has a 25 per cent chance of survival.

Although he has made some progress and is now breathing on his own, the future is uncertain for Caleb, who is described as a smart, 親切, 思いやりのある, and loving child by his family.

“It’s very lonely and isolating to walk this path because we don’t know where we are on any kind of timeline. It’s day 17 and Caleb is still breathing on his own. Are we in the clear? Are we on the path to healing? Are we waiting for something else to happen,” Katie Chiet, Caleb’s aunt, 言った NBC.

<p>Although he has made some progress and is now breathing on his own, the future is uncertain for Caleb (pictured with his parents), 彼の家族は言っp  </p>

Although he has made some progress and is now breathing on his own, the future is uncertain for Caleb (pictured with his parents), 彼の家族は言った

A GoFundMe organised by Ms Chiet has raised more than $40,000 to cover Caleb’s medical expenses.

Ms Chiet said that Caleb is in and out of consciousness and that although he still has an uphill battle, his family trusts he will be able to recover.

“He’s just the kindest soul but he’s so strong. He’s so strong. Like the fighting on the outside, that’s what we’re doing,” Elizabeth Ziegelbaur told NBC about her nephew. “He is fighting his little heart out on the inside.”

“A lot of times people don’t get to the hospital quickly enough,” Ms Chiet also told the network. “We’re hoping that we did.”

<p>Caleb was briefly intubated and is receiving CDC protocol treatment for Naegleria Fowleri</p>

Caleb was briefly intubated and is receiving CDC protocol treatment for Naegleria Fowleri

Caleb was briefly intubated and is receiving CDC protocol treatment for Naegleria Fowleri, which includes sedation to allow the brain to rest, and respiratory therapy.

CDCによれば, the lethal bacteria live in soil and warm fresh water, and the chances of getting infected increase during the summer as temperatures rise.

Only three people get infected with the bacteria in the US every year, but the cases are often fatal. Infection is preventable by using nose plugs while swimming in non-chlorinated water.