Lily Mae Avant, 10, Contracts Brain-Eating Amoeba After Swim In Brazos River


FROM A POOL OF HUNDREDS DOWN TO NOW JUST 16. THE LAST 45 MINUTES WE HAVE LEARNED A JURY HAS NOW BEEN CHOSEN IN THE AMBER GUYGER MURDER TRIAL. AS WE GO ON AIR TONIGHT THERE IS A FAMILY DETERMINED THEIR LITTLE GIRL WILL BE THE 5th PERSON IN THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1962 TO SURVIVE A BRAIN AFFECTING AMOEBA. IT IS THIS 10-YEAR-OLD TO THE SOUTHWEST OF HILLSBORO. RIGHT ALONG THE RIVER. HER FAMILY SAYS SHE WENT SWIMMING ON SUNDAY. WITHIN HOURS SHE WAS SICK HERE TONIGHT SHE IS IN A MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA. FIGHTING TO STAY ALIVE. HEADS BOWED IN SILENT PRAYER. FACES CLEARLY COVERED IN CONCERN. EVERY MIND AND HEART FOCUSED ON THIS 10-YEAR-OLD. SHE IS NOW IN THE ICU FIGHTING A BRAIN INFECTION CAUSED BY A FRESHWATER AMOEBA. WE HAVE SO MUCH TRUST IN YOU, GOD. DOCTORS TOLD THE FAMILY THEY HAVE DONE ALL THEY CAN DO. TOLD HER BODY, GOD. RESTORE HER. KNOW WE ARE STAYING STRONG AND WE KNOW THAT IS WHAT SHE NEEDS RIGHT NOW. A FAMILY WHO HAS WALKED THIS VERY ROAD BEFORE HAS CAME TO HELP. FOR HIM AND HIS WIFE AND THEIR PRECIOUS LITTLE BABY. IN 2010 THEY LOST THEIR 7- YEAR-OLD SON, KYLE. TO THE VERY SAME WATERBORNE AMOEBA. WHEN THEY FOUND OUT ABOUT A LITTLE-KNOWN LIFESAVING MEDICINE THEY MET WITH THE DRUGMAKER. 3 YEARS AGO COOK CHILDREN’S WAS THE 1st HOSPITAL IN THE COUNTRY TO GET IT. SINCE THEN 2 OF 3 PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECEIVED THE MEDICINE SURVIVED. IT HAS GIVEN ME SO MUCH MORE HOPE THAN I HAD WHEN I ARRIVED HERE. SHE HAS RECEIVED THE MEDICINE AS WELL. WHILE HER DAD RECEIVED A SHOULDER TO LEAN ON FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN DOWN THIS VERY RARE AND UNFAMILIAR ROAD. IN EVERYDAY LIFT ME UP AT. TELLS ME THAT WE HAVE GONE FARTHER THAN WE SHOULD HAVE AND IT IS AMAZING THAT — I AM SO THANKFUL THEY HAVE THIS MEDICATION IN THIS HOSPITAL AND IT IS BECAUSE OF KYLE. IT IS HARD TO IMAGINE. KEEP THAT FAMILY IN YOUR THOUGHTS OVER THE WEEKEND. THE CDC SAYS INFECTIONS FROM THE FRESHWATER AMOEBA USUALLY OCCUR IN THE SOUTH JULY THROUGH SEPTEMBER. THE PRIME MONTHS AFTER IT HAS BEEN HOT FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME.

12 thoughts on “Lily Mae Avant, 10, Contracts Brain-Eating Amoeba After Swim In Brazos River

  1. We need to build a wall around these Southern States. These fucktards have polluted their land to the point where they are killing off their own children as a result of their ignorance and stupidity on the effects of climate change. Keep them out before they migrate north and pollute our gene pools and bring the collective IQ down by 100 points.

  2. My teacher is going to be the pastor at her funeral so he told us a lot about it. It’s so sad. Her life was so short. A 10yr old should have to go thru that.

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