A prayer service and funeral are set later this week for a Beaufort County girl who died from a rare amoeba infection after swimming in a Lowcountry river last month.
State health officials say the species of amoeba is very common in South Carolina, but requires a rare worst-case scenario to get into the brain — usually by water forced up the nose and into the nasal cavity.
According to The Beaufort Gazette, Jeff Collins informed officials that he took his daughter Hannah to the Edisto River in late July where she enjoyed jumping into the river from a rope swing repeatedly. Detecting the disease is not easy and primary amebic meningoencephalitis can go weeks without showing symptoms. Despite being in the hospital for some time, the disease overtook Hannah Collins at 10:2o p.m. on Friday night, according to family.
The family plans a prayer service Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. A funeral will follow at 10:30 a.m., the next morning at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Lady’s Island.
Matt Long contributed to this report.