September 9th, 2013
10:56 AM ET

12-Yr-Old Survives Brain-Eating Amoebas

Two months ago, doctors feared Kali Hardig might not live.

Now for the first time, we're hearing from the young girl who defied all odds with a miraculous recovery from brain-eating amoebas.

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Hardig says, I'd "been in the hospital for a long time...a long time."

In July, the 12-year-old went swimming in a lake at a water park in Arkansas and contracted parasitic meningitis, a rare, and usually fatal infection caused by the horrific parasites.

The young girl is only the 3rd person known to have survived this condition in the past 50 years.

Her mom, Traci Hardig, probably saved her daughter's life by acting fast and fighting for the proper treatment. She says, "I feel blessed, I feel just overwhelmed, she's doing wonderful."

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  1. Frank Tomaselli

    I just heard the report on the "Brain Eating Amoebas". According to the report Chlorine kills the amoebas, but the chlorine is to low in the water supply. I might have missed something in the report, but I would think that the solution to the problem would be to add sufficient chlorine to the water supply to kill the amoebas rather then tell the residents to not let the water go up their nose.

    September 16, 2013 at 8:53 am | Reply

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