This memorial website was created to remember our beloved son, Jacob Thomas Barrett who was born in Adrian, Michigan on January 27, 1990 and passed away on July 26, 2002. You will live forever in our memories and hearts.
Jacob contracted a very rare brain infection from Naegleria Fowleri Amoebas while tubing behind a boat with friends. This Amoeba enters through the nasal passage and divides very quickly attacking brain tissue. The Naegleria Fowleri Amoeba lives in the soils on the bottom of ALL freshwater lakes, rivers, ponds and hot springs in ALL parts of the world. It is said to rise to the top of the water when water temperatures reach 80 degrees and higher.
The problem is public officials refuse to make this public knowledge because they do not want to scare people from the lakes, because they say it doesn't happen very often. The Amoeba took 2 lives in the state of Florida in one week.
Jacob died Friday, three days after he was hospitalized. Doctors are unsure where he acquired the amoeba, which is commonly found in warm lakes. He had been swimming in Long Lake near his Oviedo home and the Conway Chain of Lakes in Orange County.
Jacob, an honor student at Lawton Chiles Middle School, would have entered the 7th grade next month. He excelled in math and loved drawing and making crafts. His last report card was all A's.
Jacob was born in Michigan and moved to Oviedo when he was 8. He gave up downhill skiing in Michigan for basketball and soccer in Central Florida. He dreamed of playing in the National Basketball Association. He attended the Darrell Armstrong basketball camp in June and was attending the Chucky Atkins and Troy Hudson Rising Stars basketball camp when he was stricken.
Every summer, Jacob returned to Michigan to attend basketball camps and tournaments.
He also loved water sports and cooking.
"Everyday was packed for Jake" He would get home from an exhausting day playing with friends and then ask his dad to play a board game. Jake never rested.