July 18, 2017 09:44 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- According to the CaringBridge website, a Minnesota girl has died and her older brother is seriously ill after developing a kidney disease.
The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating where the children could have been exposed to E. coli.
"We are looking into several possible sources of the infection," Joni Scheftel, with the Minnesota Department of Health, said.
Although they're looking at several possible sources, the department believes the source may be from a petting zoo the children visited. Health investigators are focusing a strain of E.coli that develops into Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome.
"With HUS, the red blood cells are destroyed and the kidneys go into failure," Scheftel said. "It's very serious. It can result in long hospitalizations sometimes death."
The family is reportedly from Maple Lake, Minnesota.
An entry on the CaringBridge website reads:
“Kade and Kallan got really sick from a bad Shiga toxin producing bacteria. It started last Sunday with Kade and Monday with Kallan. They had non-stop bloody diarrhea and vomiting. The disease that causes these symptoms is called “HUS” and affects organs systems starting with the kidneys. After several ER visits, we were rushed by ambulance to Children’s at the U of M on Wednesday when lab work discovered they both had acute kidney failure. The toxin from the bacteria not only damaged Kallan's kidneys but also her neurological system. Her brain and heart were being damaged.”
A post on Sunday by their mother, Tyffani Maresh, says:
“Today was a hard, hard day saying goodbye to our sweet angel. We can't thank our families enough for all of their love and support. We were able to give Kallan a bath and put her favorite jammies on her. We got to hold her free of tubes and snuggle and kiss her. She is the most amazing little girl in the world. Our hearts are aching with the deepest sadness.”
“My little Kaderbug is such a tough little guy! He is being so strong and brave and fighting so hard. His labs do not show any signs of improvement yet. We found out tonight his platelet levels continue to drop so he will need to get platelet sometime tonight. He continues to be in pain, is very weak and is still vomiting. They want to start a feeding tube but cannot do that until his platelet counts are up. They are estimating approximately 5 treatments which may take a couple of days. Pray hard for my brave little boy.”
According to Mayo Clinic, hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a condition caused by the abnormal destruction of red blood cells. The damaged red blood cells clog the filtering system in the kidneys, which can lead to life-threatening kidney failure.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Maresh family with medical expenses.
Updated: July 18, 2017 09:44 PM
Created: July 17, 2017 05:20 PM
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