Teen May Be Only Third To Survive Brain Eating Amoeba

Kali Hardig has beaten the odds after contracting rare, often fatal meningitis.
2:04 | 08/22/13

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We have an incredible story next about strength and survival. A young girl from arkansas battling a brain infection. The disease extremely rare and almost always fatal. Only two people have ever survived it. But this morning, it looks like she may be the third. Kaley hardic hasn't just beaten the odds. This morning, she appears she's rewritten them. Kaley looked at me. And she goes, in that sweet little voice, hi, momma. And it was the most beautiful words I've ever heard. Tears just started streaming down my face. Reporter: The 12-year-old arkansas girl was raced to the hospital last month after contracting a rare meningitis caused by a brain-eating amoeba. At the time, doctors weren't optimistic. Of the 100 reported cases since THE 1960s, ONLY 2 PEOPLE HAVE Survived. Harding's mother told "gma" in july, she changed those numbers. We want everyone to pray for her. To be the number three survivor. So, that's what we're hoping for. Kali to be number three. Reporter: This morning, it appears she is. She is up to taking a few steps. She's starting to be able to swallow. She's been saying a few words. Reporter: In a room filled with tokens of love and well-wish, her mother says harding is smiling once again. Now, we're just asking for prayers on her rehab, that she can come back and be just her healthy self, like she was before this ever happened. Reporter: And while doctors say harding has more rehab ahead, her mother is optimistic THATjWR% HER DAUGHTER WILL ONE DAY Be back at the hospital, helping others. We'll be a lot of giving and a lot of returning prayers that we've received. So, we've got big plans for kali. Now, it's believed that kali got the amoeba while swimming at a lake at a water park in little rock. That park closed in july after kali got sick. She's come so far in a small amount of times. Beating the odds. I love the smile. Wishing her all the best. And ginger zee is in, now4p

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