Update: Kali's mother has recently noted on the Prayers for Kali Facebook page that her daughter has passed her swallow test and is now allowed to drink whatever she wants and eat some solid foods. She has also been walking from her hospital room down the hall to her physical therapy appointments.
When someone is afflicted with a disease that kills 99% of its victims, hope tends to run low. Kali Hardig contracted a brain-eating parasite known as Naegleria fowleri recently while swimming in a lake in Little Rock, Arkansas. But despite the odds, doctors are reporting that Kali is showing signs of improvement.
CNN reports that Kali’s mom Traci took her to the hospital over two weeks ago after she claimed nothing was working to get her daughter’s fever down. She wasn’t prepared for the devastating news from doctors who informed her that Kali was number 129 to be infected by the brain-eating parasite and only two of its victims had ever survived.
Currently, Kali is being treated in Arkansas Children's Hospital. According to Traci’s posts on the Prayers for Kali Le Ann Facebook page, her daughter’s condition is looking up. “Kali has reached for my hand, she has squeezed my hand, and she has moved her head. To a mom that has been through what I have the past two weeks. This has been the answer to my prayers.”
According to KATV, Kali has been sedated throughout her treatment, but after a test revealed that Kali’s spinal fluid contained no traces of the amoeba, doctors are slowly bringing her out. "It is almost like you can breathe again,” Traci said. “That feeling that maybe it is going to be possible and the doctors keep saying they're optimistic."
The lake Kali was swimming in — Willow Springs Water Park — has been linked to another case of Naegleria fowleri in a 7-year-old boy who died from an infection caused by the microscopic amoeba in 2010. The owners have since voluntarily shut down operations.