Brain Eating Amoeba
On July 19, 2013, Kali Hardig battled a brain-eating amoeba infection. Playing at a water park had turned into a nightmare of headaches and nausea. Doctors revealed she had contracted a near-fatal condition called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis. The odds were grim—only two survivors existed in North America. Nonetheless, Arkansas Children’s Hospital sprang into action, treating her aggressively with drugs, a coma, and temperature reduction. Ventilators and dialysis machines sustained her as her medical team fought to stabilize her condition. Slowly, signs of improvement emerged, and Kali’s eventual awakening marked her as the third survivor of this condition. The inexplicable reasons behind her survival, according to Dr. Matt Linam, include divine grace and a string of small miracles.