US teen dies after sinus infection spreads to his brain
The video showed 13-year-old Marquel Brumley bundled up in a hooded coat, sluggish and slumped in his seat.
He was holding somebody’s hand, then loosened his grip and let go.
“Get well brother,” read a caption on the video, which his sister posted on Facebook last week.
Underneath, she added: “Hurley Medical Center – Flint, MI.”
A family member told a US TV station that Marquel developed cold symptoms several weeks ago and was taken to an urgent care centre.
He was diagnosed with a sinus infection and told to let it “run its course”, the relative, Peggy Gilbert, told the station.
But after the boy suffered several severe migraines, doctors discovered that the viral infection had spread to the boy’s brain, causing blood clots that then led to numerous strokes, according to a GoFundMe page set up by Gilbert.
The teen from Flint, Michigan, died on Sunday, his family said.
“He was my favourite person; now he’s not going to be here anymore,” his sister, Alexandria Brumley said. “I feel like it’s not real. I feel like he’s going to come back. But I know he’s not going to come back.”
Marquel, an eighth-grader, was described by relatives as a straight-A trumpet-playing student who loved football and his family.
“You couldn’t find flaws with the kid,” his aunt, Nicole Alexander, told People. “He was really helpful. He loved helping people and always had a smile on his face. His daily goal was to make everybody smile.”