At just 2 years of age, a Greenville child — Kinsley Pritchett — has endured what might have been the fight of her life.
More specifically, little Miss Kinsley is fighting hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) — a condition that affects the blood and blood vessels, resulting in the destruction of blood platelets (cells involved in clotting), a low red blood cell count (anemia) and kidney failure due to damage to the very small blood vessels of the kidneys.
Kinsley was one among several children who contracted E. coli at Jellystone Park Camp Resort-Yogi on the Lake in Pelahatchie earlier this month.
The daughter of Heith and Amy Pritchett is described as one full of sass and sunshine and is currently being treated at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
The Mississippi State Department of Health is conducting an investigation to identify any additional cases stemming from the outbreak.
A news release from MSDH stated the cases identified so far have exposure dates on the weekend of July 30 through Aug. 1, but additional exposures may have occurred through Aug. 9.
In addition, one Louisiana couple is suing the camp because their daughter contracted E. coli during the same time period.
According to Kinsley’s parents, she contracted the infection and the toxins from the bacteria attacked her red blood cells, causing her to need “countless” blood transfusions to maintain her blood counts until the attacks from the toxins cease and she is able to maintain on her own.
The Pritchetts’ experience, especially the brave Kinsley, has been arduous to say the least.
“The hardest part of all of this is seeing your child so sick and due to the Covid restrictions, family isn’t able to be here to help comfort her,” Amy said.
An upside to what has been such a trying time for Kinsley and her parents and loved ones could be the fact that some in the Greenville community have banded together to show the Pritchett’s they are not in the fight alone.
1 South Bar & Grill, 2791 Highway 1 S., is hosting a blood drive in Kinsley’s honor from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, in the parking lot.
For those unable to attend the blood drive, Pritchett’s donation code is EC78 and can be used to allow individuals to donate on her behalf at any drawing station.
“She started off with zero kidney function at all when first diagnosed with HUS,” Amy said. “With the help of peritoneal dialysis, she is improving greatly making urine again after a week of no wet diapers. She should eventually make a full recovery with no more dialysis needed but it will just take some time to get there.”
Amy has also been keeping friends and family updated on Kinsley’s progress via Facebook.
She stated in one of her posts, “Everything is looking like it’s headed in the right direction. With more time and more prayers, we will have my sweet sassy Kins back ready to be home.”