In a span of a few weeks, two 12-year-old children in different states, contracted the very lethal free-living amoeba, Naegleria fowleri.
Updates of the kids progress have been posted on various Facebook pages by their parents today.
Kali Hardig, of Benton, Arkansas contracted the parasite in mid-to- late July. Today, approximately a month later, Kali is doing very well, in fact, she is considered the third documented person to survive the dangerous protozoa.
On the Facebook page, Prayers for Kali Le Ann, her mother posted the following:
Kali said "Hi Mama" I was so happy that tears just started falling down my checks! Kali is doing so amazing and we are so proud if her! She just does something everyday that blows us away. I have such an amazing little girl and she has big things to do!!!!!
This comes less than a week after Kali wrote, "Kali Hardig loves Daddy" on a whiteboard.
The South Florida child, Zachary Reyna, is still in a battle with the infection.
On the Facebook page, Swim Above Water, Zachary's father posted:
Another day and no changes in Zac's condition. His treatment is almost finished and there has been no progress. God is in control. He will come when we least expect it. As Zac's father, it has been difficult not being able to help him while he lays there.
Keeping everyone informed this week has given me a voice to say things I would have never said before but God has his reasons. Keeping my faith is difficult when I see what Zac is up against, but I have to stay strong through this and believe that it is God's will and He is preparing us for a victory either way.
Please pray for Zac and pray that God continues to give us strength these last few days of treatment. The enemy is trying to make us lose hope and we need your prayers. We love you all for supporting us and being part of our family through this tough time. God Bless You and thanks again.
Both children have undergone the same treatment regimen of antifungal drugs, cooling the body to minimize the damage occurring in the brain and the experimental anti-amoeba drug miltefosine, sold under the names Impavido and Miltex outside the US and stored at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Keep these children and their families in your prayers and thoughts.
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