This really isn’t funny…
DESERETNEWS.COM – Brain-eating amoeba killed 6 swimmers this year
It seemed like a headache, nothing more. But when painkillers and a trip to the emergency room didn’t fix Aaron Evans, the 14-year-old asked his dad if he was going to die.
“No, no,” David Evans remembers saying.
“We didn’t know. And here I am: I come home and I’m burying him,” the grieving father said.
What was bothering Aaron was a killer amoeba that enters the body through the nose and travels to the brain, where it feeds, destroying brain tissue.
Doctors said the teen probably picked up the microscopic amoeba, Naegleria fowleri (nuh-GLEER-ee-uh FOWL’-erh-eye), a week earlier while swimming in the balmy shallows of Lake Havasu near his home on the state’s western border.
It never ceases to amaze me how many nasty things are in this world just waiting, lurking to sneak up on you and rob you of your life or health. It seems miraculous any of us survive into adulthood. I hadn’t heard of brain-eating amoebas; now I’ll have to add them to a list that already includes viruses, bacteria, cancer, drunk drivers, terrorists and rabid squirrels.
You don’t suppose the Dem leadership in Congress is already infected with this brain-eating amoeba? It would explain a lot…