Experimental drug could save 12-year-old amoeba victim - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Experimental drug could save 12-year-old amoeba victim

(WMC-TV) - An experimental drug could save the life of a 12-year-old Arkansas girl with a rare and deadly infection.

Tests showed Kali Hardi had a brain-eating amoeba swimming around in her spinal fluid. Hardi's parents were told she might have only days to live.

To preserve brain tissue, Kali's doctors induced a coma, cooled her body to 93 degrees, and turned to the Centers for Disease Control for an experimental anti-amoeba drug.

One of Hardi's doctors is excited by the results.

"Day by day she's showing slow improvement and we're all very optimistic," stated the doctor.

Now there isn't any trace of the amoebas in her spinal fluid.

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