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Fishing for Kali & Casting a Line for $500K Hospital Bill

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The 12-year-old who beat a brain eating amoeba this summer went back to Willow Springs Saturday to toss a line in the water with supporters all around her.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The 12-year-old who beat a brain eating amoeba this summer went back to Willow Springs Saturday to toss a line in the water with supporters all around her.

"We will never have lake swimming here again," said David Ratliff is the owner of what used to be the water park. Turning it instead into a fishing hole and campground facility.

"This is Willow Springs after Kali," he said. "There was a different one before and that'll never go away."

Trying to make right, all the wrong her family has had to go through.

"She was in the hospital 52 days," he said. "Her mom has been taking chemotherapy too."

"That's what we're focusing on today having a good time and our family being together," said Kali's mother Traci Hardig.

Traci said they try not to think of the bill that Kali's lengthy hospital stay wracked up.

It was over half a million dollars, " said Traci.

Interrupted by a happier thought, Kali catching her first fish. She's now strong enough to reel it in herself.

"We've got Kali so it doesn't matter we'll pay whatever we can!" Traci said.

"Kali's Krew" shirts baring the number three, representing Kali being the third survivor of the parasite, all around the fish tournament.

People continue to show up for the little girl who fought so hard and won.
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