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Experimental drug helping girl with brain eating parasite

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An experimental drug could be the key to saving the 12-year-old girl who has a brain eating parasite.

"Day by day she's showing slow improvement and we're all very optimistic," said Dr. Sanjiy Pasala, a pediatrician at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

To preserve brain tissue Kali Hardig's doctors induced a coma and cooled her body to 93 degrees. Doctors also turned to the Centers for Disease Control for an experimental anti-amoeba drug.

Now there's no trace of the amoebas in Kali's spinal fluid, but she still has a ways to go.

"Killing the amoebas is one thing, but managing brain swelling and the aftermath of the infection and the irritation to the brain is really the critical part in having a patient survive," said Dr. Sanjiy.

If Kali can pull through, she'll beat the odds. Only two people have survived this disease.