A 12-year-old girl named Kali Hardig has survived a brain-eating amoeba she contracted from swimming at a water park in July. Kali was in the hospital for nearly 7 weeks. But against all odds, Kali Hardig is alive and is living proof that miracles do happen. Doctors reported she had less than a 1% chance to live.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) parasitic meningitis is an infection of the brain that is almost always fatal. “The parasite enters the body through the nose and is caused by the microscopic ameba (a single-celled living organism) Naegleria fowleri.” The parasite travels through the nose and up into the brain destroying brain tissue. Kali Hardig the third person ever recorded to survive this kind of brain-eating amoeba.
Doctors did everything they could to save Kali Hardig’s life. Kali's doctors induced coma and cooled her body to 93 degrees to preserve brain tissue. Then they used an anti-amoeba experimental drug on Kali Hardig from the CDC. The drug was called Miltefosine and is actually a breast cancer and anti-leishmania drug. When it is combined with a couple other drugs it has proven successful at treating the brain-eating amoeba.
Kali’s parents believe that their prayers were answered when they were told that the attempts to save Kali’s life had actually worked. She is slowly recovering and is taking it one day at a time. She will also be going back to school part time while she continues physical and speech therapy.