The first symptoms of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis appear one to seven days after infection, including headache, fever, nausea, vomiting and a stiff neck, according to the CDC.
"Later symptoms include confusion, lack of attention to people and surroundings, loss of balance, seizures and hallucinations," the government agency's website states. "After the start of symptoms, the disease progresses rapidly and usually causes death within one to 12 days."
'One of the most severe infections'
Willow Springs Water Park in Little Rock is the most likely source of Kali's infection, according to a news release from the Arkansas Department of Health. Another case of the same infection, also called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, was reported in 2010 and was possibly linked to Willow Springs.
"Based on the occurrence of two cases of this rare infection in association with the same body of water and the unique features of the park, the ADH has asked the owner of Willow Springs to voluntarily close the water park to ensure the health and safety of the public," the news release said.
Dr. Dirk Haselow of the Arkansas Department of Health told CNN affiliate WMC that Kali's case was "one of the most severe infections that we know of."
"Ninety-nine percent of people who get it die," Haselow said.
But not Kali. She wasn't about to give up that easily. "Thank you for praying for me, everybody," she said on "New Day."
Traci has a message for parents out there who might be wondering how they can keep their children safe against this microscopic amoeba.
"If you believe that there's something more wrong with your daughter or your son than a simple virus or stomach flu, stay in there, hang in there. Talk to the doctor... and reassure them that this is not a normal illness."