This traveler lucky to be alive

12 Сентябрь, 2013


Few tourists survived and returned home after such a rare infection. Medics believe, that Keli fell ill after a trip to an Arkansas water park. 12-Summer Girl, who survived a rare and often fatal infection, brain-eating amoeba, expected, he will soon go home after being hospitalized in July.

After a trip to a water park attractions in Arkansas this summer from Keli Hardig was diagnosed the destructive infection,  called the simplest ameboj called meningoencephalitis.

Total in United States between 1962 and 2012 years has been registered 128 such infections, According to the Centers for disease control and prevention. Before Keli doctors was known for only one event, When the man survived in the United States and one in Mexico.

During the press-conference, even Kelly acknowledged, that all the odds were against it. «I was lucky, that I'm alive», she said.

Doctors and parents agreed.

Medics believe, that Keli fell ill after a trip to the water park, which is located on the lake, having a sandy bottom.



The brain-eating amoeba is called Naegleria fowleri and is often found in warm freshwater bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers and hot springs. Amoeba usually enters the body through the nose, while bathing people and snorkeling. Then it can get into the brain, causing meningoencephalitis.

Initial symptoms usually begin within the first seven days and may include a headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. The disease rapidly progresses, and other symptoms manifest, such as a stiff neck, sputannosti consciousness, disequilibrium, convulsions and hallucinations.

Besides, infection destroys brain tissue and can cause swelling, and his death.

Doctors say, that the success of recovery Keli is largely due to the experimental treatment and early detection and diagnosis.

Kelly's mother sent her to the Arkansas Children's Hospital with a high fever 19 July. Doctors initially lowered the temperature of the body of the girl, to try to reduce the swelling, then they were able to defeat the infection with medication similar to those, are used in the treatment of breast cancer.

Since tests have shown no signs of parasites in its body, and she made notable progress. She has already moved from the unit on mechanical ventilation for proper breathing and relearn to speak, go and have a.




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