A family now have “one less thing to worry about” after being "overwhelmed" with kind donations for a four-year-old girl battling Strep A.

Camila Rose Burns, from Bolton, is currently on a ventilator, and has been described as the “the poorliest girl in the whole of England”.

After her auntie Laura Daniels set up a GoFundMe crowdfunding page to help support dad Dean and mum Kaye so that they can “remain at Camila’s side 24/7”, they manged to raise £13,789.

Having been admitted to Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital just over a week ago, Camila’s parents haven't left her side.  

Camila was prescribed an inhaler and told she could go home – but her health deteriorated a day later.

The Bolton News: The family are heart-broken and doing all they can for CamilaThe family are heart-broken and doing all they can for Camila (Image: Public)

Laura said: “After being asked by many people how they can help and wondering if we have a GoFundMe page, I decided this would actually be a big help to give Dean and Kaye one less thing to worry about.

“We are absolutely overwhelmed with the donations so far and this now means Dean and Kaye do not need to think about work and finances and can remain at Camila’s side 24/7.”

Laura says that this has had a devasting impact on Camila’s five-year-old sister Florence and brother Alfie aged 15, “whose worlds have turned upside down”.

She added: “As a family we are also doing everything we can for them.

“We are praying Camila can fight this but it’s a very long road ahead.

“Alder Hey Children’s Hospital are outstanding and we are incredibly thankful for their care and support.

“Dean and Kaye would like to thank every single person for their prayers, care, and love at this heartbreaking time.”

Camila's dad Dean Burns said his daughter's condition got worse a couple of weekends ago, and she went from dancing on the Friday night (November 25) with her friends to feeling “a little bit under the weather on Saturday” (November 26) and needing emergency care on Monday. 

The Bolton News: Camila is currently on a ventilator Camila is currently on a ventilator (Image: Public)Health experts are now investigating cases of Strep A infection after the deaths of seven young children and a rise in cases. 

The UK Health Security Agency said there has been a rise in rare invasive Group A strep this year, particularly in children under 10, with five deaths of under-10s in England since September. 

Mr Burns told Sky News: “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.”

There was a sickness bug going around Camila’s school and she complained about her chest hurting, Mr Burns said.

Health officials are urging parents to contact NHS 111 or their GP if their child is getting worse, is feeding or eating much less than normal, has had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more or shows other signs of dehydration.

They should also seek help if their baby is under three months and has a temperature of 38C or is older than three months with a temperature of 39C or higher.

A very tired or irritable child is also a red flag.

If their child is having difficulty breathing (by making grunting noises or sucking their stomach in under their ribs) or pauses in breathing, has blue skin, tongue or lips, or is floppy and unresponsive, parents should call 999 or go to A&E. 

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