Thirteen-year-old Caleb Ziegelbauer has been fighting a rare brain-eating amoeba for more than two months.
His story has captured international attention. Caleb’s flight departed at 1 p.m. on Jet ICU, a Tampa-based air ambulance company, that transferred Caleb to Chicago where he will continue his treatment.
Jet ICU is providing the flight and transport at no cost.
After a visit to a Port Charlotte beach on July 1st, Caleb began complaining to his parents about a headache. Soon after they noticed he had a fever.
His family took him to the hospital where he has been fighting for his life ever since. His parents have never left his side during the horrific ordeal.
Doctors say a brain-eating amoeba swam up his nose and infected his brain.
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His parents are traveling with Caleb as he makes his way to Chicago. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help him get the care that he needs. So far, more than $64,000 has been raised.