A 10-year-old Texan girl contracted a brain-eating amoeba with a death-rate of 97 percent. That happened to that young girl while she was swimming. Now, unfortunately, she is fighting for her life. According to CNN, the girls contracted the deadly brain-eating amoeba from the Brazos River and Lake Whitney in Bosque County.
A 10-year-old girl from Texas contracted a deadly brain-eating amoeba
As reported by CNN, the girl contracted the organism on September 8. According to the girl’s family, she had trouble sleeping and presented symptoms of a viral infection. Headaches and fever were also present, the family thinking that the 10-year-old girl caught a cold or something like that.
Afterward, “she was incoherent, unresponsive and was quickly swept up and taken to the ER,” the said the family on a Facebook page created to support the young girl.
“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. For this to happen to her when there were so many other people in the same waters on the same days we just don’t understand why it was her,” explained Crystal Warren, the girl’s aunt, for KWTX, a CNN-affiliate news agency. At the moment, the girl fights for her life.
A brain-eating amoeba has a 97 percent death rate
An amoeba is a single-cell microorganism that populates warm freshwaters, such as lakes and rivers. As reported by the CDC, the amoeba can move to the brain through the nose. Once it’s there, it starts “eating” brain tissue.
The brain-eating amoeba is scientifically known as the Naegleria Fowleri disease. From 2009 until 2018, this condition affected 34 people across the US. In the world, there are only 145 confirmed cases of a brain-eating amoeba. Out of those, only four individuals survived.
Accordingly, the girl’s chances to survive this brain-eating amoeba are scarce. Hopefully, she will make it and “will be number five to survive,” as stated by Crystal Warren, the girl’s aunt.