When Emily Bridges, 10 returned home from her holiday from hell in Egypt she was rushed to hospital, where horrified doctors found her vital organs were shutting down.
The schoolgirl was left for fighting for her life after contracting a potentially deadly bug during a holiday from hell.
Emily Bridges, 10, has now been forced to spend 16 hours a day on dialysis after she was taken ill on a five-day family holiday to Hurghada in Egypt.
She may even need a kidney transplant in the future after the life-threatening illness – which was initially misdiagnosed as a ‘dodgy belly’ by a local doctor – damaged her organs.
After returning to Britain from her holiday poorly Emily was rushed to St Thomas’s Hospital in central London where horrified doctors found her vital organs had begun to shut down.
The youngster was diagnosed with E.coli as well as Hemolytic-uremic syndrome, a condition which causes kidneys to fail and the body to destroy red blood cells.
Emily Bridges was place don life support after contracting E.coli as well as Hemolytic-uremic syndrome, a condition which causes kidneys to fail and the body to destroy red blood cells
Emily’s shocked mum Rachel, 43, said: “It was only when we were home I took her to the hospital, expecting to get a prescription but a doctor told me she was very sick.”
E-coli can be contracted by eating contaminated food, touching infected animals or drinking untreated water.
Emily’s condition deteriorated to the point where she spent a week on life support.
She is now off the critical list, and Rachel, of the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, remains optimistic.
Emily is now spending 16-hours a day on dialysis and drugs to stop her immune system attacking her own body getting potentially deadly disease in Hurghada
She said: “It has been such a traumatic experience and a lot for a 10-year-old to deal with.
“But she’s strong and stubborn like me so I know she’ll pull through because she’s a fighter.”
Emily is now spending 16-hours a day on dialysis and drugs to stop her immune system attacking her own body.
She may also need a transplant in the future because of the severity of the damage to her kidneys.
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