LABELLE, Fla. - The father of a south Florida boy thought to have survived a brain-eating amoeba announced in a heartfelt message on the boy's Facebook support page that his son had "passed" Saturday afternoon.
A second post Saturday evening clarified that Zachary Reyna "has passed," but his body was being kept on a ventilator at Miami Children's Hospital for family and friends to visit him before his organs were harvested to be donated to others in need.
" He will still be saving many lives," the family posted.
Zachary "passed" at 1:54 p.m., according to his father's Facebook post:
"At 1:54 today there was a crack of a bat heard. Zac took it deep. My boy hit his homerun. One that I'll never forget. I'm so proud of him. He left it all on the field and I can't ask for more. He did so well that he'll be the starting 2nd baseman for The Lords team.
I sit back and ask myself, what would make me prouder; my son playing pro ball, being a successful business man or being known for c hanging and saving thousands of lives for The Lord. It's a no brainer. I love The Lord for giving me such a beautiful son who He chose to change myself, my family and the world for better. Thank you Jesus.
It hurts, but you have given my family love and peace. We couldn't be so strong today without you. I hope that Zac continues to touch people and his time here is remembered forever. We thank everyone for being so caring and I know it's going to be tough on us at first, but we have an awesome support team back home and we are grateful for that.
The battle is over for Zac but he won the war. "