MIAMI- The 12-year-old LaBelle boy who contracted a rare brain-eating amoeba is still at Miami Children's Hospital. Zachary Reyna's family said doctors will be harvesting his organs.
It's been a hard fight for Reyna and this weekend, his family posted on Facebook that he has been considered brain dead, and is on a ventilator for doctors to remove his organs. When we last checked, nearly 18,000 people were talking about the 12-year-old on Facebook, and still praying for a miracle.
The story of Zachary Reyna has literally been heard around the world. Earlier this month, a rare amoeba attacked his brain after he fell off a knee-board and into some rainwater near his home. He was sent to ICU at Miami Children's Hospital, and the faithful Reyna family called for action. A Facebook page for Zach was set up as the main outlet for the family to share their journey. It exploded with thousands of "likes" and continues to grow every hour.
Courtney Doss lives all the way in Texas, and also has a 12-year-old son who plays baseball...just like Zach. Doss has been following the Facebook page and said her own faith has grown.
"I think as a parent with a son the same age and the same interests, you know baseball and his friends, I think it just hit home," said Doss.
For the past few weeks in Southwest Florida, people have shown true togetherness. Hundreds of shirts supporting Zach have flown off the shelves. There have been benefit dinners, carwashes, prayer vigils and electronic signs programmed for him across the area.
Family members even posted pictures online of different baseball teams sending him autographed items, and even Taylor Swift sent him her autograph.
Today, extra grief counselors were at Zach's school to help classmates dealing with the tragedy. It is the first day back to class after the students found out about Zach's condition. Students at LaBelle High School wore white today and prayed at the flagpole in honor of Zach.