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Benton Girl Battling Rare Illness Improving at Children's Hospital

Kali Hardig has been hospitalized for more than two weeks after contracting parasitic meningiits.

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The mother of a Benton girl battling a rare illness reports via social media that her 12-year-old daughter has squeezed her hand and moved her head.

The medical milestones for Kali Hardig come more than two weeks after she was hospitalized with parasitic meningitis contracted after she went swimming at Little Rock's Willow Springs Water Park.

While patients with the illness rarely survive, Kali continues to beat the odds as friends, family and others pray for her.

Her mom posted the following on Facebook late Sunday night:
It has been a very emotional couple of days. Kali has reached for my hand, she has squeezed my hand, and she has moved her head. To a mom that has been through what I have the past two weeks, this has been the answer to my prayers. I feel so blessed to have my baby Kali still here and all the support we are getting from all our family and friends, also from total strangers! Please keep praying for my baby and I will keep the updates coming. Thanks again everyone for the outpouring of love and support for Kali and our whole family!

Click here for our previous stories on Kali's fight.
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