In the summer of 2013, 12-year-old Kali Hardig began her fight against a very rare and usually-fatal brain infection.
In the summer of 2013, 12-year-old Kali Hardig began her fight against a very rare and usually-fatal brain infection. The Benton girl contracted parasitic amoebic meningitis after visiting a water park last July.
THV11 has followed Kali's story from the beginning - from diagnosis, to progress, to survival. Beating the illness makes Kali one of three survivors in the world.
Kali, now 13, laughs, smiles, and hangs out with friends. But last summer, her family wouldn't have thought that was possible.
Kali's mom, Traci, recalled to THV11, "She went to the hospital on a Friday. We were told she wouldn't make it through the weekend."
It's been one year since we first met Kali Hardig. She contracted a rare disease called parasitic amoebic meningitis after visiting a local water park in July 2013. Defying all odds, Kali survived.
The pond at Willow Springs, where Kali contracted the illness, is no longer a water park. It's used for fishing, and space to store boats and campers.