A brain-eating amoeba infected a 12-year-old girl in Arkansas but while her prognosis was grim, her body was able to fight off the parasite. On Sept. 7, ABC News reported that Kali Hardig is only the third person to survive this infection and that she is doing well -- even learning to love the water again.
"Her mom noticed that she was somewhat fearful of water, which is obviously where she got the [amoeba] from. Her mom wanted her to work through her fear of water and the perfect place to do that was the pool at the hospital. She always enjoyed swimming before she got sick and her mom would like to have her enjoy that again," said Kali's physician Esther Tompkins.
This brain-eating amoeba has infected quite a few people this year. It is said that this amoeba enters the human body when a person breathes in fresh water through their nose. The amoeba then starts living off of a person's brain. While there are certain antibiotics to treat this parasite, many people don't survive. Kali is one lucky girl. Her doctor says that her condition is improving with each passing day.
"She's still a little slow in her speech, and her memory is a little slow but that's improving. She needs to wear braces to walk and she has a little problem with balance, which produces ataxia. It makes her gate kind of unsteady," Dr. Tompkins said.
Brain-eating amoeba cases have been popping up a lot lately. An infected 12-year-old boy passed away just last month. If Kali survives, she will be the third person in North America to overcome this sickness.
© Effie Orfanides 2013