A 10-year-old girl has died in the hospital, informed her family members in a statement, after she has developed a rare brain-eating amoeba while swimming in Texas River.
Lily Mae Avant has swum in a lake and river over the Labor Day in September, then has suffered a headache and fever following the weekend.
Lily’s health quickly declined, after which she was lifted to a nearby local hospital, then transferred to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.
Her fighting for life draws support from the United States and around the world.
On Facebook, Lily’s family has said in a statement that she was “in the arms of Jesus”.
The continued, “Words can not begin to express how overwhelming this past week has been for our family.”
“We have been flooded by your love and support and feel incredibly humbled by how many lives have been impacted by our sweet and sassy Lily Mae,” added her family.
The Texas Department of State Health Services told sources that Lily had primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, a brain infection has caused due to so-called brain-eating amoeba Naegleria Fowleri.
The first symptoms of the infection have typically appeared about a week after the amoeba enters the nose.
The probe agency spokesperson Chris Van Deusen told KWTX, “The amoeba is present in freshwater across Texas and elsewhere in the US, and there’s no particular body of water that would present a greater risk.”
He continued, “Cases are extremely rare, despite the millions of people who swim in lakes and rivers every year.”