Texas teen dies from brain-eating amoeba he got swimming in lake


A Texas 14-year-old who contracted a rare brain-eating disease after swimming in a lake about 70 miles north of Houston has died, according to his family and local media.

Michael Riley Jr., a junior Olympian and honor student, seemed to have contracted the disease after he went swimming Aug. 13 with his track team, his father, Mike Riley, told KTRK earlier this week.

“It is with a heavy heart, that we let everyone know that Michael John Riley Jr. lost his battle on this earth but won a victory for his place in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ,” the family said in a statement on their Facebook page late Saturday.

See New York Post

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