SALADO, Texas — Emily McCann started getting migraines the first week of September. She did not think much about it, but the migraines got stronger. 

"I did have an infection. It was measuring 1.4 centimeters deep down in the thalamus in my brain," Emily McCann said.

According to McCann, two strains of bacteria caused the infection. 

After nine days in the hospital, and the removal of most of the infection, she was released with an oral medication. 

"About three days on that and on the 21st, which was a Saturday, I started getting really sick," McCann said. "The treatment wasn't strong enough, so therefore, it doubled in size."

McCann said she was in the Intensive Care Unit for two weeks. She started recovering and impressed some doctors.

"He even looked at me dumbfounded and he's like 'you are a walking miracle,'" McCann said.

She is back home continuing her treatment. Twice a day she pushes antibiotics through a syringe into her IV. She is on sodium only and steroids. The sodium draws out the infection.

Salado community members organized a benefit for McCann. It is on October 20th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Barrow Brewing in Salado. There will be music, food and auctions. All proceeds will help with bills for the family and cost of her care. 

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