16-Year-Old Survives Deadly Brain-Eating Amoeba

Sebastian Deleon is only the fourth person to ever survive the rare and deadly brain-eating amoeba known as Naegleria Fowleri.
1:43 | 08/24/16

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We have an amazing survival story now. A Florida teen beat the odds by beating back a brain-eating amoeba. Mara shchiavocampo has the story. Reporter: It's being called a miracle. That amoeba so rare and deadly, that keep's doctors didn't expect him to survive. Now he's making an amazing recovery, back to walking and talking. Thanks, in part, to an experimental drug. This morning, 16-year-old Sebastian Deleon is recovering from the unthinkable. A rare and deadly brain-eating amoeba that kills 93% of those infected. The family, when they came to me, I had to tell them to say their good-byes. Reporter: Doctors at Florida hospital for children suspect Sebastian, a camp counselor, may have been exposed to the amoeba naegleria fowleri. He was admitted and put into a medically-induced coma for over a week. We woke him up. Decided to take the breathing tube out. Within hours, he spoke. We're so thankful for the gift of life. Reporter: And for getting him the medication he needed to beat tex treatment odds. He's currently walking. Talking. It's a miracle. It's a miracle. Reporter: Now, most cases of this do occur in the summer months. Doctors say the best way to lower your risk of contracting this, use nose clips when you swim many fresh water. Early symptoms include headache, fever, nausea, vomiting. It's easy to misdiagnose so the doctors get a lot of credit here. Now to rob. The latest on the storm systems?

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