MISSION, KS – Hally Yust’s parents say she was one in a billion in a lot of ways. The vibrant 9-year-old Kansas girl was killed by an extremely rare brain-eating amoeba found in warm freshwater lakes and rivers.
The infection is so rare that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says Hally Yust is only the second known case of a person contracting it in the state. In the United States., there are fewer than 200 reported cases in the past five decades.
Now, the family is heartbroken, remembering the young girl taken from away them too soon.