Central Texas Girl Contracts Rare Brain-Eating Amoeba

Andrew Greenstein
September 13, 2019 - 11:12 am
Cook Children's Hospital

Credit: Alan Scaia, 1080 KRLD


FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - A Central Texas girl who contracted a very rare brain-eating amoeba is fighting for her life in Fort Worth.

Lily Mae Avant took a swim in the Brazos River on Sunday; and a short time later, the symptoms started.

She started having a headache and a fever. From there, her condition rapidly worsened to the point where she became incoherent and unresponsive.

Her parents rushed her to a hospital, and she was eventually airlifted to Cook Children's Medical Center.

There, the family found out that Lily Mae had contracted primary amoebic meningoencephalitis. The amoeba is very aggressive - it normally kills people within five days of infection.

On the #Lilystrong Facebook page, the administrators says God is in control now. Doctors say there is nothing more they can do for her at this point.