Straight-A student, 13, dies after sinus infection spreads to his brain


A 13-year-old Michigan boy died after a sinus infection spread to his brain, his family says.

The family of Marquel Brumley says the eighth grader was showing common cold symptoms in February and he went to a local urgent care clinic in Mt. Morris a few weeks ago, WNEM reports.

A relative of the teen, Peggy Gilbert, says he was diagnosed with a “viral infection” and was told by doctors that the illness would “run its course,” she told the outlet.

When the headaches suddenly turned into migraines, the family took him to a local hospital where he was given an over-the-counter pain medication and sent home again, WJRT reports.

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As the migraines continued, the family took him to a larger hospital in Ann Arbor where again doctors sent him home believing he was suffering from only migraines.

Then one day, Marquel came home with his left eye nearly swollen shut and the entire left side of his face appeared to droop down. His mother immediately brought him back to the emergency room.

This time an MRI was done, which revealed Marquel had a brain infection.

“Henry Ford read them and the doctor came in and said we – he has a sinus infection, it has penetrated through the bone into the blood vessels in the brain and we see some blood clots,” aunt Nicole Alexander told the WJRT.

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After suffering two strokes, Marquel was sent to another hospital in Ann Arbor for immediate brain surgery, Gilbert told WNEM.

The surgery treated the infection, but the blood clots were putting too much pressure on the brain and cutting off the oxygen supply.

The teen was not able to recovery from the surgery and died on Sunday, the family says. Gilbert said his organs will be donated.

Marquel’s sister says her brother was a straight-A student, a football player and her favorite person.

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“I feel like it’s not real. I feel like he’s gonna come back. But I know he’s not gonna come back.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family pay for Marquel’s medical and funeral expenses.

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