Tanner’s parents told WJXT The teenager went on a family trip to a campground in North Florida. Four days later he became ill.
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His parents said that he suffers from nausea, vomiting and bad headaches. When they took Tenor to the emergency room, he was diagnosed with a sore throat.
But his parents thought it was worse than that.
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“After all, I was very jealous. He was irritable at this point,” said Travis Wall, Tanner’s father. “I said, ‘You know what that is? Unhook him. Do what you have to do. We’ll transport him ourselves.”
The 13-year-old boy was taken to UF Health in Gainesville where he was put on a ventilator and doctors discovered he had parasitic amoebae.
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With no mind activity, on 2 August, Tanner’s parents chose to remove her from life support.
Her parents now hope that other families can recognize the symptoms before it is too late.