A young girl from Texas is fighting for her life after she was infected with a deadly brain-eating amoeba following a day spent swimming in a river, based on reports.
Lily Mae Avant, 10, went swimming over Labor Day weekend within the Brazos River close to Waco where doctors believe she contracted the usually-fatal Naegleria fowleri amoeba. Days after her swim, the Valley Mills Elementary School student started experiencing a fever and a headache, based on the station. Though she seemed to be suffering from symptoms of a common virus, her family stated they still believed that “something was not quite right,”
Then one night, Lily’s mother heard concerning noises coming from her daughter’s room.“She was incoherent, unresponsive and was quickly swept up and taken to the ER,” the page mentioned.
Lily was then flown to Cook Children’s Health Care System in Forth Worth, where a spinal tap revealed she had contracted Naegleriasis, a rare an infection caused by the amoeba.