Brain-Eating Amoeba Survivor Leaves Hospital

parasite_2013A 12-year-old Arkansas girl who was infected with a rare brain-eating parasite will finally go home Wednesday, according to Arkansas Children’s Hospital spokesman Tom Bonner.

Soon after entering the hospital earlier this summer, Kali Hardig went into critical condition; she was unresponsive and unable to breathe without the assistance of a breathing tube.

Now she’s eating, drinking, smiling and talking. She has even been walking with assistance and swimming in the hospital’s therapeutic pool.

A new photo released this week shows the dramatic improvement she has made. In the photo, Kali is sitting up in her hospital bed, smiling.

Kali’s doctors have been in virtually uncharted territory as they treat her for the rare amoeba, called Naegleria fowleri. Of 128 known cases in the past half-century, just two patients have survived, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Source: CNN