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    Kali Hardig returns to Willow Springs after beating Parasitic Meningitis

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - 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 Hardig went to Willow Springs Water Park Monday to promote a benefit fishing tournament the park is holding later this month.

    Kali became ill in July, and the type of infection she had is nearly always fatal. The park has been closed since Kali was sickened by a water-borne amoeba. Owners David and Lou Ann Ratliff say they'll use the pond for fishing, and other space to store boats and campers.

    Kali's mother, Traci Hardig, says the Ratliffs have been supportive and there are no hard feelings.

    Proceeds from the Oct. 26 fishing tournament and fall festival will benefit Kali's family.

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