Junior Olympian dies in this bizarre way after a swim in a lake

Junior Olympian dies in this bizarre way after a swim in a lake

This is equally disturbing and tragic. A teen in Texas died after contracting a “brain eating disease” while swimming in a lake. He was set to start his freshman year of high school.

Junior Olympian dies in this bizarre way after a swim in a lake

Fourteen-year-old Michael Riley Jr, a junior Olympian, seemed to have contracted the disease after he went swimming on August 13 with his track team in Louisiana, said his father Mike Riley.

A week after hopping into the lake, Riley – who had qualified for the Junior Olympics three times in cross country – was in a medically-induced coma.

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‘It is with a heavy heart, that we let everyone know that Michael John Riley Jr lost his battle on this earth but won a victory for his place in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ,’ the family said in a statement on their Facebook page late on Saturday night.

It’s caused by a “single-celled organism known as Naegleria fowleri.” Out of the 133 who have contracted it since the 60s, only three have survived.

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