Twelve-year-old Kali Hardig has been fighting a very rare and usually fatal brain infection. The Benton girl contracted parasitic meningitis after visiting an area water park in July. The park has since closed and Kali has received support from around the globe for her to be third known survivor in the world of parasitic meningitis. Kali's family has regularly been updating her facebook page, Prayers for Kali Le Ann and THV 11 has followed the story from the beginning. Many of our viewers are interested in her story and wish Kali a speedy and full recovery. This page is dedicated to the stories THV 11 has done on her diagnosis and progress.
    Kali's Story Coverage

    Who got nominated for Grammy Awards?

    10:27 PM, Dec 6, 2013

    The Grammy Awards nominations were announced live Friday night by the Recording Academy.

    Kali Harding returns to Willow Springs for re-opening

    7:18 PM, Oct 26, 2013

    Kali Hardig is the Benton girl who contracted a deadly brain infection at Willow Springs Water Park. She returned Saturday for its grand reopening.

    Kali Hardig returns to Willow Springs after beating Parasitic Meningitis

    6:45 PM, Oct 7, 2013

    The 12-year-old central Arkansas girl who was stricken by a rare brain infection has returned to the water park that was the source of her illness.

    Kali's doctor talks about her treatment on THV 11

    2:57 PM, Sep 18, 2013

    Kali Harding not only survived a brain-eating amoeba, but returned to school on Monday.

    Kali Hardig heads back to school part-time

    5:10 PM, Sep 16, 2013

    Twelve-year-old Kali Hardig of Benton survived a deadly form of parasitic meningitis, and Monday she headed back to school.

    Welcome home parade for Kali Hardig

    6:11 PM, Sep 12, 2013

    The streets of Benton filled up with friends, family, and strangers welcoming 12-year-old Kali Hardig home on Thursday.

    Kali to be released from hospital Wednesday

    5:43 PM, Sep 10, 2013

    According to Arkansas Children's Hospital, 12-year-old Kali Hardig who has been battling parasitic meningitis is to be released Wednesday.

    Kali Hardig swims for first time since she got sick

    9:53 PM, Sep 6, 2013

    A 12-year-old Arkansas girl who has been recovering from a rare and often-fatal brain infection went swimming for the first time since she got sick.

    'Kali's Krew' rides Saline Co. float for Kali Hardig

    10:12 PM, Sep 3, 2013

    The Saline County Fair kicked off Tuesday night, and part of the entertainment was a tribute to Kali Hardig.

    Fundraisers to be held for Kali Hardig

    7:01 PM, Aug 30, 2013

    The central Arkansas community is still rallying around a 12-year-old girl recovering from parasitic meningitis.

    Pictures of Kali awake and smiling

    10:11 PM, Aug 29, 2013

    The world is getting its first glimpse of Kali Hardig, the 12-year-old Benton girl beating the odds after getting a rare form of meningitis while swimming.

    Kali Hardig's status upgraded to 'good'

    5:25 PM, Aug 26, 2013

    The 12-year-old Benton girl continues to improve after being diagnosed with the usually-fatal parasitic meningitis.

    Inside Kali Hardig's hospital room

    6:27 PM, Aug 23, 2013

    On Friday Kali Hardig's mother, Traci sent THV 11 News cell phone footage of her daughter playing on her new ipad.

    Fundraiser Thursday night in Benton for Kali Hardig

    8:59 PM, Aug 22, 2013

    A fundraiser for Kali Hardig and her family is taking place Thursday night, Aug. 22, at Denton's Trotline.

    Florida boy using Kali's treatment, beating infection

    10:35 AM, Aug 22, 2013

    The father of a 12-year-old LaBelle boy battling a brain-eating amoeba said Wednesday the treatment has defeated the infection.

    Update: Kali Hardig now able to speak

    6:32 PM, Aug 21, 2013

    A 12-year-old girl battling a rare and often-fatal infection from a brain-eating amoeba is now able to speak.

    Kali Hardig now walking and talking with help

    8:21 AM, Aug 21, 2013

    The 12-year-old Benton girl that continues to improve after being diagnosed with the usually-fatal parasitic meningitis is making big strides.

    Kali Hardig in physical therapy; mom to start another round of chemo

    9:03 PM, Aug 16, 2013

    Her recovery has been called amazing, and she's still fighting every single day.

    Kali Hardig update: Girl listed in fair condition

    7:56 PM, Aug 13, 2013

    More good news for a 12-year-old girl who has been battling a rare infection.

    Mom: Kali's getting stronger every day

    6:34 PM, Aug 12, 2013

    In a text message to THV 11's Daniel Wilkerson, Traci Hardig said her 12-year-old daughter, who is fighting parasitic meningitis, had a good weekend.

    Timeline of Events in Kali's Story

    1:55 PM, Aug 12, 2013

    A 12-year-old girl from Benton remains in the hospital fighting a usually-fatal infection called parasitic meningitis.

    Kali Hardig leaves ICU

    5:22 PM, Aug 9, 2013

    Great news came in from the Hardig family after their 12-year-old daughter contracted parasitic meningitis.

    Doctor: Kali's moving out of ICU

    7:51 PM, Aug 8, 2013

    Doctors for Kali Hardig said the 12-year-old girl will move away from the Intensive Care Unit on Friday.

    Kali moving arms and legs

    2:41 PM, Aug 7, 2013

    The Hardig family of Benton continues to receive more encouraging news about 12-year-old Kali, who is fighting parasitic meningitis.

    Kali Hardig continues to improve

    4:46 PM, Aug 6, 2013

    THV 11 has received more good news on a story we've been following for weeks.

    Kali's Story: Support from the Arkansas National Guard

    9:52 PM, Aug 5, 2013

    THV 11 is learning about more support for Kali Hardig's family and it's coming from the Arkansas National Guard.

    Kali's mother says her daughter is now awake

    8:40 PM, Aug 5, 2013

    Kali Hardig's mother said her daughter, though heavily sedated, is awake.

    Support for Kali stretches all the way from Kuwait

    10:01 AM, Aug 5, 2013

    The 449th Aviation Support Battlion is cheering for Kali all the way in Kuwait.

    Kali reaches for mother's hand; Classmates raise $8,000

    3:56 PM, Aug 4, 2013

    Kali Hardig's mother, Traci Hardig, said, Sunday, Kali reached for her hand.  This comes on a day when her classmates raise a weekend total of $8,000 for her medical bills.

    More good news for Kali's family

    10:03 PM, Aug 2, 2013

    More than a week after 12-year-old Kali Hardig was diagnosed with parasitic meningitis, an often-fatal brain-eating infection, her family continues to receive good news.