Monday, 6 April 2015

Young Bride Dies From Deadly Brain Eating Amoeba

Koral Reef, 20, married her high school sweetheart but didn't get to enjoy her happily-ever-after. She died from a deadly brain-eating amoeba which has killed at least 40 persons in the U.S in the past decade.

“She started with the headaches, stiff neck, sensitivity to light and the heat was bad,” Reef's mother  told NBC 7.

Around Thanksgiving of 2013, Reef's family noticed something was wrong and by January, things went downhill. In June 2014, she went to the emergency room but doctors were never truly able to pinpoint a cause behind Reef’s health issues.

“They said, ‘Oh, she’s having withdrawal from her birth control; It’s a migraine.’ They gave her medicine and sent her home and then she progressively got worse,” recalled her mother.

In October 2014, Reef died. Doctors say she had a rare but extremely deadly amoeba called Balamuthia. Meister believes her daughter contracted the parasite on a trip to Lake Havasu.

Balamuthia mandrillaris is a free-living amoeba that is known to cause a type of amoebiasis in humans, especially the deadly neurological condition known as granulomatous amoebic encephalitis (GAE).

Due to her daughter's death, Reef's mother has become dedicated to raising awareness of the rare but deadly disease to prevent anyone else dying from it.

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