Boy Dies After a 'Simple' Sinus Infection Attacks His Brain

Henrietta Strickland
March 17, 2018

A MI teenager died after a sinus infection traveled to his brain, according to his family. "See you later.' If they spent the night here he wouldn't go to bed without telling me he loved me", Brumley's aunt, Nicole Alexander, told WNME.

The Cleveland Clinic told People that sinus infections can clear up on their own, but on rare occasions it can spread to the eyes and brain, causing blindness or death.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explained on its website that a sinus infection typically does not require to be treated with antibiotics in order to get better. "If you or your child is diagnosed with a sinus infection, your healthcare professional can decide if antibiotics are needed". As his symptoms intensified, Marquel went to the emergency room multiple times but doctors repeatedly dismissed him with over-the-counter medicine for the pain. Each time, doctors diagnosed him with a migraine and he was eventually sent home. After Brumley's pain got very severe last week, he returned for treatment to a local hospital. Doctors soon discovered he had a brain infection, his family said.

The boy was transferred to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor at MI. The teen experienced multiple strokes due to the infection and went into a coma.

Marquel's family set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for medical expenses and his funeral. The teen remained in a coma in the critical condition at the hospital. Doctors were able to treat the infection in surgery, but couldn't stop the clots; Brumley died days later on March 11. "So today I am praying for one breath, just one!"

Marquel's family is hoping to share his story and make more people aware of the seriousness of sinus infections.

Alexander told People that her nephew was a straight-A student who played sports and music.

Almost 400 people have donated to Brumley's page, raising more than $12,700 in just eight days. According to the fundraising page, the family "is taking comfort in know he saved 7 lives with the gift of his organs".

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