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Old 09-12-2019, 09:19 AM   #1
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Default Fresh Water Amoeba hospitalizes my cousins daughter

On Sunday, September 8, 2019, Lily (10) began having a headache, and it was quickly followed by a fever. While nothing other than common viral infection was the cause of concern, something was not quite right. After many tests at the local family doctor, ibuprofen and hydration was instructed. After hearing what they thought were sounds of Lily having a nightmare in her sleep, Laci quickly realized Lily was beginning the fight of her life. She was incoherent, unresponsive and was quickly swept up and taken to the ER. Upon examination she was given the treatment for bacterial and viral meningitis and careflighted to Cook Childrenís in Fort Worth. Her spinal tap revealed that she actually contracted a VERY rare amoeba that is aggressive with a high fatality rate. She remains in the ICU sedated and intubated.

Update this morning. They are giving around the clock medication and neurological assessments. They will be taking her back for another MRI. Last nights MRI revealed more swelling on her brain. Her pupils are not reacting like they want them to so they are needing to figure out if the hydrocephalus is getting worse or if it's due to the sedatives.

There are only 4 survivors in the country that have had this illness. Praying Lily makes 5.

My cousins live on the Brazos river just south of Whitney and the family swim in it often. She also swam at the YMCA pool and Grandmas pool this weekend. The amoeba is contracted by freshwater being inhaled thru the nostrils and into the sinus cavities of the brain.

Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), also called amoebic meningitis, is a serious disease that leads to inflammation of the brain. Itís caused by the Naegleria Fowleri amoeba. This amoeba can be found in stagnant water such as lakes and rivers or poorly maintained swimming pools, water hoses and spas, although it's extremely rare to contract from a swimming pool (due to chlorine), itís still possible.

Iím asking for prayers. Lift Lily, John, and Laci up in your prayers.
A Venmo account has also been set up to support them. @lilylacijohn

#LilyStrong #Number5Survivor #LoveForLily

Thanks TBH family. God bless.






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Old 09-12-2019, 09:21 AM   #2
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:24 AM   #3
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Oh wow. Praying for this little girl and her family.
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:25 AM   #4
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:26 AM   #5
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Prayers up for sure

I remember back in the 80's during a drought, the Frio river level dropped to where it was not flowing over the dam. The water became stagnant and a couple people died from what was determined to be some sort of freshwater amoeba. Not sure if it is the same thing but I do remember that they shut the river down because of the deaths
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:28 AM   #6
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:28 AM   #7
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Prayers sent.

I will send this to everyone I know. We will all be praying for Lily
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:29 AM   #8
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:29 AM   #9
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:30 AM   #10
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:30 AM   #11
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:32 AM   #12
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Prayers!! Scary stuff
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:33 AM   #13
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Awful! Prayers for your family.
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:34 AM   #14
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Lord, You love Lily as You love all children, Bring healing to this sweet girl who is not well. Stay by her side and comfort her through this trying time. Keep us ever mindful of Your loving presence Bless us with Your powerful healing and comfort her family & friends also. Amen





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Old 09-12-2019, 09:38 AM   #15
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This is horrific for the family I cannot fathom their pain. God bless you guys.
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:44 AM   #16
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Cannot begin to imagine. Praying for her and the family.
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:45 AM   #17
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:48 AM   #18
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That is gut-wrenching to read this. Prayers for this young lady and her family!
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:48 AM   #19
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Just terrible.....Prayers for healing for Lily. God bless.
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:49 AM   #20
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:50 AM   #21
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God bless Lily and her family.
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:51 AM   #22
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Dang that is scary, sending one up.
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:00 AM   #23
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Just a few years ago a woman was kayaking on our local lake that I fish often and from a kayak also.
She flipped her kayak and got back on it and later that night came down with a serious headache and went to the ER and they diagnosed the brain eating amoeba.
She survived, but not without some damage to her motor functions.
It's something that has always been around, but now with the internet, people are seeing that it's not as rare as what was once thought.
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:00 AM   #24
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Praying for God's intercession and healing touch on Lily.
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:04 AM   #25
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:13 AM   #26
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:15 AM   #27
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up for Lily…………………………..
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:17 AM   #28
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:20 AM   #29
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Prayers sent for a full restoration of her health.
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:20 AM   #30
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:22 AM   #31
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Oh wow Stephanie, this thread was gut-wrenching to read!! How terrible this sweet little girl and her family are having to go through this!!



Heavenly Father, through Your only Son, You showed us that You have a special place in Your boundless heart for the little ones and You pour out an extra measure of Love for them. We ask You Lord, care for Lily in such a way that brings healing and restoration. We ache so badly when we see the little ones suffer, and we know You do as well. Lord ease her pain, and direct all her team of care-givers to a right treatment and cure for this dreadful illness. Remove it from her body that she may grow up a powerful testimony to Your omniscient power and mercy. Give her strength to endure and comfort her family. Lord I ask a special blessing on our sister Stephanie as she is in a field where she understands the seriousness of this disease more clearly than most. Show her and show us a sign that Lily is in Your care and hands and she is safe. Comfort all around her and the care for her to do Your work within Your will Lord. We ask these things through our Savior Jesus who strongly encouraged to let the little ones come to Him and be ministered to by Him. Let this healing from this trial be complete Lord in Jesus name, Amen.


What a gut punch Steph!! Please keep us posted. Where she is right now, she's in about the best hands she can be on the planet!! God bless her.
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:24 AM   #32
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:43 AM   #33
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Saying a prayer for her.

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Old 09-12-2019, 10:44 AM   #34
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oh no, God please take care of this little angel and make her whole again!
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:45 AM   #35
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I am just up the road in Crawford. We heard about it wednesday. I pray she has a full recovery.
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:54 AM   #36
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:54 AM   #37
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:54 AM   #38
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:55 AM   #39
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God bless and be with Lily and her family!

Very pertinent for me and my family. Slayer...Thanks for the posting and heightening Amoeba Awareness.
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:58 AM   #40
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:58 AM   #41
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:02 AM   #42
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:03 AM   #43
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Lord, please give her doctors wisdom and guidance to cure this precious little girl. Comfort her loved ones and give them peace in knowing you are the way to everlasting life with the father. Amen
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:15 AM   #44
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:34 AM   #47
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:40 AM   #49
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