Katie Couric to feature Naegleria survivor, Kali Hardig in October

UPDATE 10-7-13: It has been confirmed that Kali Hardig will be featured on Katie on Thursday, Oct. 10.


Kali Hardig, the 12-year-old miracle from Benton, Arkansas, who has captured the hearts of people across the country being the third known survivor of the 99%-plus lethal amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, will be featured on an upcoming episode of “Katie” with Katie Couric.

Naegleria survivor #3, Kali Hardig, will be featured on Katie next month Image/Prayers for Kali Le Ann Facebook page

Naegleria survivor #3, Kali Hardig, will be featured on Katie next month
Image/Prayers for Kali Le Ann Facebook page

Photos of the episode shooting  earlier this week are posted on Kali’s Facebook page.

It was first reported that Kali was infected with the parasite in late July, believed contracted at a Arkansas water park. She was “critical condition” and treated with a variety of drugs including the investigational drug, miltefosine.

Despite overwhelming odds, great medical treatment and countless prayers from people across the country, Kali survived and was released from the hospital recently.

In addition to Kali and her family, the show will feature the Lewis family of the Kyle Gracin Lewis Amoeba Awareness Foundation, who son Kyle died from Naegleria three years ago, will be on the show to discuss the awareness issues related to this amoeba.

LISTEN: Naegleria fowleri and amoeba awareness: Personal stories and the great work from ‘Kyle Cares’ and ‘Swim Above Water’

In addition to Kali, two other children in the US contracted Naegleria fowleri this summer. 12-year-old Zachary Reyna from Glades County, Florida and 4-year-old Drake Smith Jr in Louisiana both who unfortunately lost their battles with the deadly parasite.

The episode of “Katie”, although not confirmed at this point, is expected to air in early October.

For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page





On the DISPATCH: Headlines  Local  Opinion

Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter

* indicates required

About the Author

- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>



The Global Dispatch Facebook page- click here

Movie News Facebook page - click here

Television News Facebook page - click here

Weird News Facebook page - click here