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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Twelve-year-old Kali Hardig, who has been battling parasitic meningitis since July, was released from Arkansas Children's Hospital on Wednesday.

"I am lucky to be alive," said Kali.

Kali is the third known person to survive Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis.

"I got to watch a miracle unfold," said Traci Hardig, Kali's mother.

During a press conference held at 11 a.m., Kali said sheis excited to play with her dog when she gets home and will return to school Monday on a part-time basis. She will visit her classmates for the first time this Friday.

When asked her advice to all children Kali said, "Use nose plugs when you swim at water parks."

THV 11 has been following her fight against the very rare and usually fatal brain infection since it began in July. The Benton girl contracted parasitic meningitis after visiting an area water park in July.

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