Boy Dies From A ‘Simple’ Sinus Infection That Attacked His Brain

His mother is trying to make sense of it.

Seeing your kids get sick is never easy, no matter how old your children are. One of the better things about them being sightly older when they catch a cold or fever — or worse — is they can usually talk to you and tell you what’s wrong. It makes a big difference when you can ask exactly what is wrong. And that usually leads to the doctors being able to figure out what is going on. Hopefully getting your child the help they need so they can feel better and get back to themselves. Unfortunately, a boy dies after getting a “simple” infection. It’s not something you think would happen, but for one family, they’re trying to make sense of it all.

A 13-year-old Michigan boy has died several weeks after getting a headache and symptoms that felt like a cold. What his body was dealing with turned out to be a “simple” infection — but for him it turned complicated and eventually took his life.

Marquel Brumley was taken to urgent care in February after his mom says he had symptoms that looked like a cold. Doctors told the family that the issues and symptoms would go away on their own. Likely saying he just needed sleep and rest, the family tells PEOPLE.

But, that’s not what happened. As time went on, he started to get worse and he sought help at the emergency room several times.

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