13-Year-Old Boy Dies After Sinus Infection Travels To His Brain

A 13-year-old boy died about 2 weeks ago after what seemed like a common cold, which progressed into a sinus infection that spread to his brain.


Marquel Brumley was an eighth grader from Flint, Michigan. In February, he started getting headaches and cold symptoms. He was treated at a local urgent care clinic, where he was diagnosed with a “viral infection” that doctors said would clear on its own.

Marquel’s sickness however did not go away on its own. Instead, it continued to get worse. He started experiencing migraines so painful, he had to take multiple trips to the emergency room.

Still, doctors sent him home each time with over-the-counter pain medications.


A week before his death, Marquel’s headaches became even more painful and his face began to swell. His left eye was nearly swollen shut, and the entire left side of his face drooped down. An MRI of his brain showed the real cause of his condition.

Marquel had a sinus infection that traveled into his brain’s blood vessels, and formed blood clots that caused him to have strokes.

While the doctors were able to control the infection during an emergency surgery, the blood clots placed too much pressure on Marquel’s brain and cut off the oxygen supply.

Unable to recover from surgery, Marquel died from complications of the infection on March 11th.


Now, the teen’s family wants to warn others about the unexpected way Marquel lost his life.


“If we can raise awareness so other people don’t go through this, it’s worth it. You don’t expect to lose somebody you care about and love so much from something as simple as a sinus infection,” a family member shared. “You just don’t.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe page for any donations to help pay for funeral costs.