Researchers have figured out how the deadliest form of malaria kills children, according to findings in the New England Journal of Medicine.
MRI images revealed that when malaria parasites get stuck in the capillaries of the brain, it causes massive swelling that affects the respiratory center in the brain stem, killing a child in 20 minutes without ventilation.
"I remember just staring at the image. And thinking. Oh my goodness. Now we know. Now we know what happened," said Dr. Terrie Taylor of Michigan State University.