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Mum in Strep A warning after daughter unable to walk in hospital

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Mum in Strep A warning after daughter unable to walk in hospital

A MOM has shared the warning signs of strep A after her daughter fell victim to the infection, leaving her hospitalized and unable to walk.

Kadie Dolphin, 37, first noticed symptoms of the infection on November 8 and just hours later, her daughter was in the hospital with severe swelling and unable to walk.

Fortunately, six-year-old Nancie Rae Dolphin has recovered from the infection, and Kadie says she’s back to her normal bubbly self.

The mother of five has shared the harrowing experience to help other parents recognize the symptoms in their own children.

Kadie said: “The doctors said that catching him early was the reason he recovered so quickly.

“To be honest, I was absolutely petrified. By the time it started to get really bad, we didn’t know what it was and I felt like it took forever to figure out what was wrong.”

“The worrying thing is that I didn’t know what was happening, I was looking at her thinking ‘I’m going out without my daughter’.”

Kadie, a health care assistant from Latchford, first noticed something was wrong with Nancie Rae on the night of November 7th.

Her daughter had come downstairs at 6:00 pm complaining of an itchy belly, and when Kadie looked over, she noticed that she had a small mark that looked like a mosquito bite on her tummy and knee.

Nancie Rae Dolphin was admitted to Warrington Hospital.  Image: SWNS

Nancie Rae Dolphin was admitted to Warrington Hospital. Image: SWNS

She gave her daughter an antihistamine and thought of nothing else, until Nancie Rae came downstairs the next morning at 6am with a high fever and a rash where the ‘bites’ had been.

“My daughter finished school happy and healthy on November 7th, she’s alive anyway, she’s crazy,” Kadie said.

“Because she had been playing, I assumed she had been bitten by a mosquito and had a reaction.

“I gave her an antihistamine, but the next morning the rash was all over her belly, it was a weird flat rash and it was very hot to the touch.”

Kadie tried to get an appointment with the GP, but was told nothing would be available until 6:00 pm that day, and by 9:30 am, Nancie Rae’s hand had started to swell.

Deciding not to wait, Kadie took her daughter to the Halton Urgent Care Center, and five minutes after arriving, the couple were placed in a room and attended to by a doctor.

Although they initially thought it was an allergic reaction, Nancie Rae continued to swell in her hands, face and lymph nodes, so they decided to transfer her to Warrington Hospital.

Upon arrival, he was given amoxicillin antibiotics and had blood samples and a throat swab taken for testing, at which point he was diagnosed with a strep A infection.

Nancie Rae Dolphin was admitted to Warrington Hospital.  Image: SWNS

Nancie Rae Dolphin was admitted to Warrington Hospital. Image: SWNS

“She was swelling before our eyes: a couple more fingers were swollen, her lymph nodes were swollen, she had lumps in her throat and her legs were aching,” Kadie said.

“We went to Warrington Hospital, he was prescribed amoxicillin and they had to take 11 blisters of blood.

“She had lost the ability to walk as all her joints were swollen, she was completely red and she still had a high temperature – that’s when they swabbed her throat for strep A.

“Throughout the night the medicine had no effect and they kept coming back saying I wasn’t getting better. I was a little awake but very limp and couldn’t hold on.”

“Amoxicillin is useless for strep A, so they switched from steroids to penicillin.”

They gave her penicillin through an intravenous drip, but due to the high concentration of the antibiotic, it left the young woman with a burning sensation in her arms.

Nancie Rae couldn’t walk or talk, and Kadie says she was “screaming” because she was in so much pain.

Doctors continued to monitor her condition as Kadie and her daughter remained in the hospital for two days.

Nancie Rae Dolphin has battled strep A. Image: SWNS

Nancie Rae Dolphin has battled strep A. Image: SWNS

Fortunately, after 48 hours, Nancie Rae’s condition began to improve as the swelling subsided, and she was sent home on antibiotics.

Although she was left with some lasting effects, including kidney damage and a secondary infection, she recovered at home and Kadie says she’s back to her normal self.

Kadie said: “The care provided has been fantastic and I can’t fault the NHS at all – they were absolutely amazing and really focused.”

“For a six-year-old girl, she’s pretty small anyway, and this infection has ravaged her body, but she’s back to her normal, crazy state of mind.

“It is wild and does not give us a minute of peace. Once he has opened his eyes he doesn’t shut up.

“All we hear is about the death of the children, but that’s not all. She’s home and doing well now, and as horrible as she’s been, we need to build immunity.”

The NHS website says the main symptoms parents and carers should be aware of are flu-like symptoms, such as a high temperature, swollen glands or pain in the body.

Others include a sore throat, a rash that feels rough like sandpaper, scabs and sores, pain and swelling, severe muscle pain, nausea, and vomiting.

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