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A mum has warned of the dangers of strep A after her daughter was left unable to walk with severe swelling.

Kadie Dolphin, 37, first noticed something was wrong on November 7 when her daughter Nancie Rae, six, complained of an itchy belly.

Nancie Rae spent 48 hours in hospital after doctors were concerned about how quickly her body was swelling and Ms Dolphin was terrified she would ‘walk out without my daughter’. 

Thankfully, her daughter recovered from the infection is ‘back to her normal, crazy, mental self’.

Nancie Rae spent 48 hours in hospital after doctors were concerned about how quickly her body was swelling and her mother was terrified she would 'walk out without my daughter'

Nancie Rae spent 48 hours in hospital after doctors were concerned about how quickly her body was swelling and her mother was terrified she would ‘walk out without my daughter’

Kadie Dolphin, 37, first noticed something was wrong on November 7 when her daughter Nancie Rae, six, complained of an itchy belly (Pictured: Kadie and her daughters Nancie Rae and Edie)

Kadie Dolphin, 37, first noticed something was wrong on November 7 when her daughter Nancie Rae, six, complained of an itchy belly (Pictured: Kadie and her daughters Nancie Rae and Edie)

Strep A warning signs 

The NHS website says the main symptoms parents and caregivers should look out for are:

– Flu-like symptoms such as a high temperature, swollen glands, or an aching body

– Sore throat

– A rash that feels rough, like sandpaper

– Scabs and sores

– Pain and swelling

– Severe muscle aches

– Nausea and vomiting

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

Ms Dolphin said she was told by doctors that the infection being caught early was the reason she got well so quickly.

She said: ‘I was absolutely petrified to be honest – at the point where she started to turn really bad, we didn’t know what it was and it felt like it took forever to find out what was wrong.

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She continued: ‘The doctor was saying that the swelling was coming up before her eyes, [Nancie Rae] was swelling right before us, the doctor said we really are concerned and it was then that I thought “oh god”.

‘The worrying thing is that I didn’t know what was going on – I was looking at her thinking “Am I going to walk out without my daughter?”.’

Ms Dolphin, a healthcare assistant, from Warrington, Cheshire, first noticed that something was wrong with Nancie Rae on the evening of November 7.

Her daughter had come downstairs at 6pm complaining of an itchy belly – and when she looked, she noticed there was a small mark resembling a mosquito bite on her tummy and her knee.

Ms Dolphin said she was told by doctors that the infection being caught early was the reason Nancie Rae got well so quickly

Ms Dolphin said she was told by doctors that the infection being caught early was the reason Nancie Rae got well so quickly

Ms Dolphin, a healthcare assistant, from Warrington, Cheshire, first noticed that something was wrong with Nancie Rae on the evening of November 7 (Pictured: Kadie and daughetr Nancie Rae)

Ms Dolphin, a healthcare assistant, from Warrington, Cheshire, first noticed that something was wrong with Nancie Rae on the evening of November 7 (Pictured: Kadie and daughetr Nancie Rae)

Assuming her daughter had been out playing and had been bitten, she gave her an anti-histamine and thought nothing more of it.

However, Nancie Rae came downstairs the following morning at 6am with a high temperature and a rash where the ‘bites’ had been.

Ms Dolphin said: ‘The next morning the rash was all over her belly – it was a weird, flat rash and she was very hot to touch.’

Ms Dolphin tried to get a GP appointment but was told nothing would be available until 6pm that day – and by 9.30am, Nancie Rae’s hand had begun to swell up.

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Deciding not to wait, Ms Dolphin took her daughter to Halton Urgent Care centre and within five minutes of arriving the pair had been placed in a room and seen by a doctor.

Ms Dolphin's daughter had come downstairs at 6pm complaining of an itchy belly - and when she looked, she noticed there was a small mark resembling a mosquito bite on her tummy and her knee

Ms Dolphin’s daughter had come downstairs at 6pm complaining of an itchy belly – and when she looked, she noticed there was a small mark resembling a mosquito bite on her tummy and her knee

Deciding not to wait, Ms Dolphin took her daughter to Halton Urgent Care centre and within five minutes of arriving the pair had been placed in a room and seen by a doctor

Deciding not to wait, Ms Dolphin took her daughter to Halton Urgent Care centre and within five minutes of arriving the pair had been placed in a room and seen by a doctor

While they initially believed it to be an allergic reaction, as Nancie Rae continued to swell in her hands, face and lymph nodes, they decided to move her to Warrington Hospital.

On arrival she was given Amoxycillin antibiotics and a throat swab and 11 vials of blood were taken to be tested – at which point she was diagnosed with a Strep A infection.

Ms Dolphin said: ‘She had lost the ability to walk, every joint was swollen up, she was completely red and still had a high temperature – that was when they took a throat swab for Strep A.

‘Throughout the night the medicine wouldn’t kick in and they kept coming back saying she’s not getting better – she was kind of awake but she was very floppy and couldn’t hold herself up.

‘Amoxycillin is useless to Strep A, so they changed from steroids to penicillin.’

She was given penicillin via an IV drip but due to the high concentration of the antibiotic, it left the youngster with a burning sensation in her arms.

While doctors initially believed it to be an allergic reaction, as Nancie Rae continued to swell in her hands, face and lymph nodes, they decided to move her to Warrington Hospital

While doctors initially believed it to be an allergic reaction, as Nancie Rae continued to swell in her hands, face and lymph nodes, they decided to move her to Warrington Hospital

Nancie Rae was unable to walk or talk, and Ms Dolphin says she was ‘screaming’ as she was in so much pain.

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

Thankfully, after 48 hours, Nancie Rae’s condition began to improve as the swelling reduced and she was sent home with antibiotics.

While she was left with some lasting effects, including damage to her kidneys and a secondary infection, she recovered at home.

Ms Dolphin said: ‘The care given has been fantastic, I can’t fault the NHS whatsoever – they were absolutely amazing and really on the ball.

‘For a six-year-old she’s quite tiny anyway and this infection has ravished her body but she’s back to her normal, crazy, mental self.

‘She’s wild, doesn’t give us a minute’s peace. Once she’s opened her eyes she won’t shut up.

‘All we keep hearing about is the children passing but that’s not all it is, she’s home and fine now, as awful as it was, we need to build immunity.’

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