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Reality star Alexx Banks fights for his life; Doctors suspect rare brain flu





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1; A reality TV personality living in a coma in Atlanta, Georgia believes he suffers from brain flu, a very rare illness with flu-like symptoms.

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Alexx Banks, who appeared on OWN's "Ready to Love", is on life coaching. The reality dating show is shot in Atlanta.

What began as a normal flu got much more serious for Banks.

Fewer than 50 people in the United States had brain flu. The doctors said that not much had been researched about the condition.

Members of the Banks family said they were extremely worried.

"We did not know what the brain flu was, we're like," What's going on? on & # 39?; and basically it's fluid in the brain, "Banks's sister Shaunteh said.

Shaunteh said her brother had flu-like symptoms on November 11: fever and severe coughing, she also said he felt weak.

Bank's family and friends were not too worried at first, but when the illness lasted for days, they took him to the doctor.

Banks told his sister he was okay.

Two weeks later, Banks thought he was fighting Still, with a bad flu, but wanted to make sure his relatives took him to another hospital.

He was hospitalized on Thanksgiving, and then there were doctors telling his family that they thought he had a brain flu later into a coma.

His sister said she hopes that doctors can officially diagnose the problem and heal her brother.

"I immediately thought, 'OMG, he's dying.' It's just as serious as how seriously we took it, "she said.

Banks family hopes that a specialist can look at the case and find out how to recover.