A Nine Years Old Boy Died Because of Brain Infection

Nine-year-old Tristan Ang fell sick a month ago, first with what seemed to be a mild summer bug, then with more worrisome signs: confusion, forgetfulness, a bad headache.

Six days later, he died within the intensive care unit of a hospital close to his home in Milpitas. The trigger, doctors instructed his parents, appeared to be a brain infection from a virus most often associated with the common cold. In Tristan’s case, for causes no one understands, it was deadly.

“I don’t know why this happened to him. It was simply this freak accident,” stated Mark Ang, Tristan’s father. “It could be that God wanted him up there.”

Simply before he died on June 28, Tristan examined positive for adenovirus, which is a family of viruses made up of greater than 50 strains. It’s not clear what strain Tristan was infected with.

Adenoviruses typically cause signs like sore throat, runny nose, and cough. Up to 10% of colds are regarded as caused by adenoviruses. They’re the most common cause of conjunctivitis, often known as pink eye. Some strains cause diarrhea.

Virtually all children have been infected with at least one pressure of adenovirus by the point they’re Tristan’s age. Infection casts immunity on the person for that particular strain of the virus. But, as a result of there are so many different strains, people can get sick with adenoviruses many times over.

Some strains are identified to cause far more severe sickness, together with pneumonia and, rarely, meningitis or encephalitis — infections within the brain or spinal cord. However fatal cases are almost always in folks with weakened immune systems, for instance, organ transplant recipients and even then, it’s unusual to die from an adenovirus.