Elizabeth "Beth" Knight was an intelligent, beautiful, caring, mother of 2 wonderful children. The old saying "Her smile could light up a room" was never more true with Beth. Her smile could not only light up a room but we had always believed it could light up the world. Anyone who knew Beth could instantly see her gentle and caring soul. I think that is what drew people to her. She loved people and people loved her. She was always willing to reach out to someone in need, whether it was a person she just met or a friend she had known for many years. It did not matter to her. Beth was the type of person that loved people, a social butterfly, if you will.
Beth was a fabulous mother of 2 wonderful children. She loved them so much and they thought their mother literally "Hung the Moon". We loved watching her mature from a child into a loving and caring mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to anyone she met. Beth was truly a blessing. We were so proud of our young, caring, beautiful daughter. Her thoughtful, caring, and loving ways she treated other people was a blessing to behold. We want Beth's legacy to live on through bringing awareness of Naegleria fowleri. We do not want another family to learn to live without their child. We know Beth would be doing the same if she were with us today.
What started out as a fun filled day at the very popular Lake Murray in Ardmore, OK., ended in tragedy. On Aug. 4th, 2015 Beth, along with her 2 children spent the day at Lake Murray in Ardmore, OK. trying to beat the summer heat. 2 Days after being at the Lake Beth began to experience severe headaches and sought medical treatment at Mercy ER in Ardmore OK. She was diagnosed with migraine headaches, treated and sent home. After sleeping until the early afternoon the following day, Beth began having difficulty walking, talking, and her headaches were worse than the previous day. She returned to the hospital on Aug. 8th with the classic signs and symptoms of meningitis. After a spinal tap she was misdiagnosed with bacterial meningitis. Beth continued to deteriorate throughout the night. She was placed on a ventilator and air lifted to Oklahoma City the following morning. Our loving, healthy, happy, beautiful, daughter and mother of 2 children, passed away on Aug. 10th, 2015 at 24 years of age from Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM). In less than 6 days of Beth coming into contact with the Lake Water our lives were changed forever.
98% FATAL & 100% PREVENTABLE
It is our mission at, "Beth Smiles Amoeba Awareness", to educate the public and the medical community of the 98% fatality rate of the amoeba, Naegleria fowleri and the prevention of the rapidly fatal disease of Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis, (PAM).