Kali (Photo: Traci Hardig)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - More than a week after 12-year-old Kali Hardig was diagnosed with parasitic meningitis, an often-fatal brain-eating infection, her family continues to receive good news.
Her mom, Traci Hardig, updated THV11's Daniel Wilkerson Friday afternoon as she was in Texas receiving treatment for stage-4 breast cancer. Her message read:
"I'm at the airport in Dallas trying to catch an earlier flight to get back sooner. My appointment went very good. Dad says Kali is doing good. She squeezed the nurse's hand today when she was asked to. She did both her right and left. That is the best news I could have ever got."
Kali seemingly contracted the infection after swimming at Willow Springs Water Park in Little Rock. The water at the park, which has since voluntarily closed, tested positive for the fatal parasite.
Ed Barham with the Arkansas Department of Health said all the tests have come back negative, but they're still waiting on one.
"The one test that we are waiting for that has not come back is from a body of water that the patient was in more than 15 days before the onset of symptoms, so we really don't think that that's an issue," he explained.
To read all of the stories THV 11 has done on Kali Hardig's journey, click here: http://on.kthv.com/13teo71