UK – Toddler, 3, fighting for her life after contracting deadly strain of E. coli on family holiday to Nottingham

The Mirror

A three-year-old girl is fighting for her life after catching a deadly strain of E. coli on a family holiday.

Harper Davis from Haverhill in Suffolk picked up the E. coli bug in Nottingham and it has left her in and out of intensive care and on dialysis.

Harper fell ill while the family of five were on holiday on August 10 with vomiting and diarrhoea.

She had picked up E. coli – a bacteria that is common in our guts but certain strains can cause serious illness.

Harper developed haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) – a rare kidney condition that is caused by one particular strain of E. coli.

It happens when red blood cells are destroyed and block the kidneys’ filtering system.

She has suffered acute kidney failure, had seizures, peritonitis and developed diabetes as a result of her illness.

She has also had three blood transfusions and at least three operations.

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