Arkansas Girl Remains in Critical Condition With Parasitic Meningitis

Arkansas Girl Remains in Critical Condition With Parasitic Meningitis

An Arkansas 12 year-old remains in critical condition, battling a rare and deadly brain-eating parasite.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - An Arkansas 12 year-old remains in critical condition, battling a rare and deadly brain-eating parasite.

Kali Hardig went swimming in a lake at a water park in Little Rock.

She came down with parasitic meningitis, a rare infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba.

Only 31 people have had the infection in the past ten years.

Not one of them survived.

"The amoeba then finds itself way back in our noses and then can work its way into our central nervous system, around our brains, and once it's there it just causes destruction."

"The child has a grave prognosis, I'm afraid," Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University said.

The water park has closed down.

Doctors put Kali in a coma to stabilize her.

Her family is asking for prayers.

On their Facebook page they wrote, "She still has a long fight ahead."

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