The father of a four-year-old girl in critical care with Group A Strep has stated that he is “praying for a miracle” that she returns home alive.
Camila Rose Burns, Dean Burns’ daughter, has been fighting for her life on a ventilator at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool since Monday after contracting the infection.
He told Sky News that since his daughter was admitted to the hospital, he has been “living in an absolute nightmare.”
“She’s still nowhere near out of the woods, she’s really, really poorly,” he said.
“When we got here Monday, they said she’s the poorliest girl in the whole of England. To go from dancing on Friday night with her friends, to a little bit under the weather on Saturday and then a bit more bad on Sunday, she’s basically not the same girl any more. It’s heartbreaking.”
Mr Burns, who lives in Bolton with his family, said Camila’s school had a sickness bug, so they kept an eye on her over the weekend.
He explained that she had been complaining about pain in her chest.
Her health deteriorated on Sunday after one visit to the hospital on Saturday, when doctors prescribed an inhaler and said she could go home, and she was rushed into A&E.
“She just completely changed, she was restless. We shouted some nurses down, and we had to leave the room, they put her to sleep, and she’s been on a ventilator ever since, keeping her alive,” he added.
“It’s the worst thing that can ever happen to anybody.”
Since then, Camila has been at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, unresponsive in the critical care unit.
“She’s fighting for her life, and I’ve told her how much I love her, her mum loves, her sister loves her, we all love her,” Mr Burns added.
“Everyone’s saying prayers for her, hoping for a miracle she lives. She needs to live, she’s such a special little girl. I can still hear her singing… it’s too much.”