Kansas girl dies after mysterious amoeba exposure

KANSAS CITY, Kansas - A 9-year-old Kansas girl is dead after coming in contact with a fresh water amoeba.

"You are more likely to die from drowning than you are from ever dying from this organism, it's one in a billion, this girl's one in a billion," Shon Yust said.

One in a billion. It's how people who knew 9-year-old Hally Yust describe her.

"It must have been a little boring in heaven the last few weeks so God looked around the earth and he found the most interesting, dynamic, fantastic person he could and he said, "Hally, you've gotta come be with me."

Hally loved playing basketball, water-skiing and fishing, and she never settled for 50 percent effort.

"Anything she did, she was going to be the best at it. She came home from school one day and said parker I beat every single kid in the class, and I said 'that's great, but what about all the boys,' she said, 'yeah, the boys as well!'"

Just as Hally was fearless in so many ways, her family asks others not to fear the amoeba that killed their angel.

"Our family is very active in the water, and we will continue to be."

And they are determined her young, but full life will not be in vain.

"She was smart and beautiful, and our angel that we'll dearly miss."

A scholarship fund honoring the memory of Hally has been set and those who wish to contribute can send donations to: The Hally "Bug" Yust K-State Women's Basketball Scholarship, Ahearn Fund, 1800 College Ave., Suite 138, Manhattan, Kansas 66502


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