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Girl, 12, in Critical Condition After Contracting Deadly Brain Eating Amoeba While Swimming at Water Park

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- 1763 days ago -
Kali Hardig is the second person to have come down with primary amoebic meningoencephalitis in three years after swimming in the sandy-bottom lake at Willow Springs Water Park near Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Pat B (356)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:44 pm
Prayers go out to this young girl, and her family. What a horrible thing to happen.

Past Member (0)
Monday July 29, 2013, 5:11 pm

Connie O (44)
Monday July 29, 2013, 5:46 pm
how heartbreaking...praying for this little girl and her family.

Sheila D (194)
Monday July 29, 2013, 6:35 pm
Prayers and much sent out to Kali and her family. Have atarted wondering about the amount of fresh water used my water parks. Is it recycled in any way?? From what I understood, thise parasite can be found in any pool? Sadly noted. Thank you.

aj E (164)
Monday July 29, 2013, 6:58 pm

Laurie H (817)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:23 pm
Such sad news for such a young girl!!!My prayers are being sent to her & her entire family---how I wish she could be healed~~

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Monday July 29, 2013, 9:08 pm
Frightening, may Kali recover safely! A tragic story which no one really expects to happen.

Also if people make use of a neti pot for the sinus, people have died getting similar infections unless boiling tap water for a few minutes.

"A woman using a neti pot to clear her sinuses. / FDA.GOV (CBS News)

Researchers believe that two people who died from the "brain-eating" amoeba known as Naegleria fowleri in 2011 contracted the infection after using neti pots with tap water to clear their sinuses.

Typically, people contract the amoeba from swimming in warm freshwater lakes and rivers since the organism thrives in warm temperatures.

However, the victims - a 28-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman from Louisiana - had not been near freshwater. The only thing they had in common was that they both routinely used the tap water with neti pots. Further tests on their home plumbing came back positive for the amoeba, although the city's water distribution systems' tests came back negative.

The bacteria was found in a tankless water heater in the man's home and in the bathroom sink and faucet tub of the woman's home."

Most people are not aware of this tiny threat which can kill!


Past Member (0)
Monday July 29, 2013, 9:51 pm
I am praying for her recovery. I hope we learn ways to keep our water parks safer and cleaner.

Carrie B (306)
Monday July 29, 2013, 10:13 pm
Wow Dale, thanks for the info about the neti pot. I had not heard or read about that. Will do some more research.

Iveta cer (41)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:12 pm
That's horrible :( poor girl :( and poor family . I hope she will recover soon

Helen Porter (39)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 5:42 am
We so much need to clean up our world......................we're doing what we can do.

What diseases are the ocean animals suffering?

Mari 's (1356)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:21 am
I hope science finds a cure this is scary I have heard about this before

. (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:39 am
That's terrible! Hope she gets better.

Robert O (12)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 11:52 am
Too scary! She and her loved ons are in my thoughts.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:16 pm
Many heartfelt prayers to Kali and her family. I had heard about the neti pots and promptly stopped using mine. It is very frightening not to be able to trust any body of water anymore. We have polluted so much of Mother Earth, nothing is pure anymore. How very sad. Thanks Carrie.

Dawn Barler (5)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 2:16 pm
I hope the young girl will be ok. I also hope everyone shares this story because I for one was unaware of this disease and how easily it can be caught.

Jeremy S (3)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:24 pm
I feel for her family, and hope that Kali will recover. I know it won't be quick or easy, though,

This should serve as a wake-up call about pollution and the dangers of swimming in waters that are no longer pure.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 5:56 pm
Noted. How terrible to go for a day of fun and end up like this.

Kay M (347)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:00 pm

Gloria H (88)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 8:24 pm
I hope she recovers fully. To lose any part of your brain can make life a living hell if you merely survive.
This is a heads up that each and every one of us is a fragile, unique human being that is on this earth for x amount of time.
Hug your child tonight.

Shawna S (45)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 8:54 pm
To the power of '3'
My wishes for a speedy recovery.

Dorothy N (63)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 10:28 pm
I am almost wordless, although my heart goes out to the little girl and her family.

Life is so strong yet so delicate, so precious...

Maioe A. (0)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 3:20 am
I love her

Winn A (179)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 6:52 am
She's in my thoughts and prayers as well as her family.

DORIS L (61)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 12:09 pm
Scary. I hope she survives.
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