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Thursday, 11 August 2022

Florida Boy Fighting Brain-Eating a Amoeba Starts To the Open His Eyes.

Florida Boy Fighting Brain-Eating a Amoeba Starts To the Open His Eyes.

A 13-year old Florida boy who has been a fighting for his life after a contracting to  a deadly brain-eating amoeba is a beginning to show signs of the  progress and has even started to the open his eyes, according to the family.

Caleb Ziegelbauer began to the feel unwell around five days after visiting to a beach in a Port Charlotte, Florida on July 1. His parents subsequently took him to the hospital where doctors found that in the Naegleria Fowler amoeba was a likely in  the cause of his illness.

This amoeba can be cause to a disease known as a primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), which results in a severe brain damage and has a fatality rate of more than 97 percent, according to the Centers for a Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The single-celled organism that are causes in the infection is found around in the world in a locations such as warm bodies of the freshwater—like lakes, rivers and ponds—geothermal water, soil, and inside a hot water heaters. In the U.S., most infections have been a caused Naegleria Fowler living in a freshwater bodies in a southern states.

While in the amoeba itself is a relatively common in the environment, cases of the PAM are extremely rare in the United States, with a 31 infections reported in the period between on 2012 and 2021, CDC figures are show.

In the majority of cases, in the disease is  a fatal. In the period from a 1962 to 2021, four people out of the 154 known infected individuals have a survived PAM in the U.S.

Stock image: Mother are holding to a child's hand in a hospital. A 13-year old Florida boy who has been a fighting for his life after a contracting to a deadly brain-eating amoeba. i Stock

Ziegelbauer, who are began receiving in the CDC protocol to the treat Naegleria Fowler infection on a July 10, has now been a hospitalized for a more than a month.

In that time, in the 13-year-old has been a sedated, incubated, and placed in an a induced state of the  hypothermia by a doctors to help him a heal. Scans have a shown that he has a suffered brain damage, although in the family are hopeful he will be turn to a corner soon, according to a Go Fund Me page set up to the help with a expenses associated with in the boy's ordeal.

Over in the weekend, in the family shared some "exciting news" in an a update on the page, indicating that in the boy's condition may be a improving.

"Not only has a Caleb moved his hands and feet, but now his eyes are opening," Katie Chit, the organizer of the fundraiser, which has so far raised nearly $60,000, said in an update on the page on August 6. "He isn't quite tracking... YET. But we remain hopeful that tomorrow's mountains will be conquered!"

And on a Sunday, Chit said that the boy had a officially completed in the CDC Naegleria Fowler protocol and that he was a scheduled to have a surgery on Monday to have a tracheotomy and feeding tube fitted.

"Now we (not so) patiently wait for his awakening," she said. "I cannot even begin to the describe how much I miss this boy. I am only one of the many. Thankful we made it to this day. Grateful to all the people who got us here."


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N. Fowler infects people when a contaminated water enters in the body through in the nose, which are usually occurs when a people go swimming or a diving in warm bodies of the freshwater.

It is a unclear if there are a any effective treatments for a Naegleria Fowler infection, which results in the rapid destruction of  the brain tissue. "In the rare instances where people survived, it was a because in the infection was a diagnosed early on, before much damage was a done, and they were a treated very aggressively," Dr. Bobbi Pritt, director of the clinical parapsychology laboratory at the Mayo Clinic, previously told Newsweek.

"The survivors are reported to date in the United States were treated with a multiple drugs to kill in  the amoebae, and with a therapeutic hypothermia (cooling in the body's temperature below normal levels) to the reduce brain swelling."

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