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Boy dies from flesh eating Strep A bacteria after injuring ankle

The boy rolled his ankle and that is likely where the infection attacked him.

An 11-year-old "miracle child" has died from a nasty infection after breaking his ankle while running on a treadmill.

A few days after supposedly scratching his ankle after the injury, Jesse Brown's leg became covered in "splotchy, purply, red, almost like bruises," his older cousin, Megan Brown told Fox 35 Wednesday, which had him rushed to hospital for a Group A streptococcal infection (Strep A) — a flesh-eating bacteria.

A photo of Jesse brown,11, who died in February after suffering a serious infection after breaking his ankle.
Jesse brown,11, died this month after suffering a serious infection after breaking his ankle. Source: GoFundMe

Due to the fast-spreading nature of the bacteria, it sadly transformed into something even worse, causing the Florida boy to die from brain swelling.

“They said that because he rolled his ankle, that’s likely where the infection attacked it, because it was already weak,” his cousin said to Fox 35 on Wednesday.

Infectious disease specialist Dr Alan Cross told local station WESH "the bottom line here is.. first properly clean the wound and then be able to watch it over time".

Tributes flow for boy 'destined for great things'

Jesse has been described as his parents' "miracle child" due to them being told they would "never have children".

"They had given up hope, and after 10 years of trying, they were blessed with Jesse Ryder Brown," Megan said on a GoFundMe for the family. "That miracle was taken from us far too soon."

"Only 11 years old, Jesse was a completely happy and healthy boy, destined for great things. His passion was dirt bike racing and he also participated in Muay Thai."

"He was racing BMX bikes by the time he was three years old. Everyone who met Jesse loved him. He was hilarious, his laugh was contagious, and he just lit up the room. His parents, Betsy and Brad, gave everything to this boy."

The GoFundMe for memorial services and hospital bills has so far raised $28,874 USD of the $100,000 goal.

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