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Florida boy, Zachary Reyna loses battle with deadly amoeba, condolences and prayers pour in

In a sad story out of Miami, Zachary Reyna, the 12-year-old boy who contracted the  “brain-eating amoeba”, Naegleria fowleri, a couple of weeks ago has died.

The heartbreaking news was made public this afternoon on the Facebook page, Pray4Number4 – Zachary Reyna .

Zachary Reyna Image/Pray4Number4 - Zachary Reyna Facebook page

Zachary Reyna
Image/Pray4Number4 – Zachary Reyna Facebook page

The sad, yet eloquent announcement reads:

At 1:54 today there was a crack of a bat heard. Zac took it deep. My boy hit his homerun. One that I’ll never forget. I’m so proud of him. He left it all on the field and I can’t ask for more. He did so well that he’ll be the starting 2nd baseman for The Lords team. I sit back and ask myself, what would make me prouder; my son playing pro ball, being a successful business man or being known for changing and saving thousands of lives for The Lord. It’s a no brainer. I love The Lord for giving me such a beautiful son who He chose to change myself, my family and the world for better. Thank you Jesus. It hurts, but you have given my family love and peace. We couldn’t be so strong today without you. I hope that Zac continues to touch people and his time here is remembered forever. We thank everyone for being so caring and I know it’s going to be tough on us at first, but we have an awesome support team back home and we are grateful for that. The battle is over for Zac but he won the war.

The prayers and condolences from around the world poured in minutes after the news.

So sorry to hear about your lost. I pray that you and your family continue to find peace with the fact that Zachary’s story touched so many lives and brought people closer to God.

May God hold and keep your family during this difficult time. What an inspiration your family is to our community. What grace you have all shown during such a trying time. Much love to you all!

This is just two of thousands from people that feel the heartache of the news, but at the same time know he is in a better place.

On the Facebook page, Kyle Gracin Lewis – Amoeba Awareness, the Lewis Family, people who can really relate wrote:

“Zac is a lucky boy! Hangin with Jesus…changing lives! Please say a prayer for his family…and appreciate every single second you have with yours!”

Zachary contracted the lethal amoeba while playing in a flooded ditch earlier in August.

LISTEN: CDC expert, Dr. Jennifer Cope talks parasitic meningitis and Naegleria fowleri

Read: ‘Monsters Inside Me’ to feature the Kyle Lewis story

 

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    My deepest condolences to Zack’s family and friends. As a mother, grandmother and former Pediatric Nurse, I know the agony and distress you have gone through and the pain you will suffer from his loss. My prayers are with you.

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