Lily Avant, 10, contracted a ‘brain-eating’ amoeba after swimming in a Texas river. Now she’s fighti

Lily Avant, 10, contracted a ‘brain-eating’ amoeba after swimming in a Texas river. Now she’s fighti


CLOSE The one-celled microscopic organism responsible for Lauren Setiz’s untimely death commonly resides in fresh waters with warm temperatures TimeA 10-year-old girl is battling a rare and usually fatal infection after contracting a brain-eating amoeba while swimming in a river near her home in Texas When Lily Avant started suffering from a headache and fever on Sept. 8, doctors suspected a common viral infection and prescribed ibuprofen and hydration, according to a Facebook post from Wendy Scott, her first cousin As her condition worsened, Scott said Avant was taken to the emergency room where she was treated for bacterial and viral meningitis The girl was then transferred to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, where a spinal tap revealed she had a “rare amoeba that is aggressive with a high fatally rate ” Doctors determined she’d contracted Naegleria foweleri, a “brain-eating” amoeba found in fresh water bodies such as ponds, lakes and rivers, according to KXAS-TV “We hope we got to her in time,” her father John Crawson told the station. “She is a fighter She is stronger than anybody I know.”Avant is now in a medically-induced coma to allow doctors to treat the swelling in her brain, KXAS-TV reported Her family shares updates on her condition through a Facebook group, #LilyStrong, with more than 16,500 members The amoeba enters through the nose and travels to the brain, where it can cause primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Symptoms of the brain infection caused by the amoeba start about five days after infection and can include stiff neck, confusion, lack of attention to people and surroundings, loss of balance, seizures and hallucinations, the CDC said After symptoms emerge, patients typically die within 1 to 12 days.Only four out of 145 known infected individuals in the United States from 1962 to 2018 have survived Naegleria fowleri Follow N’dea Yancey-Bragg on Twitter: @NdeaYanceyBraggFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInThe day in pictures Fullscreen Posted!A link has been posted to your Facebook feed Protesters block the main entrance of car fair IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, Sept. 15, 2019 The protesters are gathering under the motto ‘Aussteigen’ (Get Off), demanding an end to the use of the internal combustion engine and the International Motor Show IAA   RONALD WITTEK, EPA-EFEFullscreenActivists participate in a rally advocating for animal rights, in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, Sept 15, 2019. 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