September 12th, 2013
09:48 AM ET

12-Year-Old Brain-Eating Amoeba Survivor: 'Feels Good To Be Home'

Twelve-year-old Kali Hardig is only the third person to survive a rare infection caused by brain-eating amoebas.

After battling parasitic meningitis, Hardig has left the hospital and will start school part-time next week.

The brave girl, joined by her mother Traci, speaks with “New Day's” Anchor Kate Bolduan in a live exclusive interview Thursday.

Kali says it is “awesome to be home” and that she is feeling “good.”

She adds the first thing she wants to do when she gets to her house is play with her dog Chloe.

At the end of the interview, she also thanks people for praying for her.

CNN's Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen says doctors at Arkansas Children's Hospital had to put Hardig in a coma to try and save her life. After nearly seven weeks under medical care, and with the help of an experimental anti-amoeba drug doctors had to get from the Centers for Disease Control, the girl made it through.


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  1. Bill D

    1% chance of living, she should play the lottery!!!

    September 12, 2013 at 11:30 am | Reply

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