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Little Girl Who Cut Her Knee In School Almost Died Of Infection

Update Date: Feb 03, 2017 01:20 PM EST

A minor injury ended up giving Abbi Holland a serious heart condition. Parents said the school's lack of basic first aid changed their daughter's life.

Abbi was 3-years-old when she fell over in the school playground and scraped her knee. Her parents said her graze was not cleaned and disinfected properly. No plaster as used to cover it and she was just told to wipe it with a wet paper towel.

That night Abbi's fever went up to 43 C and was rushed to a hospital where she spent four months. Abbi was treated in 2013 at North Manchester General Hospital and then was transferred to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital where she was scanned. There doctors were able to determine how the infection caused her aortic valve to leak.

Abbi suffered severe reactions to antibiotics to fight the infection. Doctor's managed to stabilize her and moved her to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. There her parents were told that one day she might need surgery.

iTV reported that in 2016, then 7-year-old Abbi has another leak in her heart. In Jan. 16 she underwent open heart surgery to repair the damaged valve. She is recovering but will be on medication for the rest of her life, and will require further operations.

Dave, 43, said it was terrifying when doctos told him they were going to stop Abbi's heart but there's no guarantee they will be able to start it again. He added "Then to hear that if they did manage to there was a chance she could be brain damaged - well you wouldn't wish that on your worst enemy."

According to The Sun her parents Caroline, 37 and Dave, who lives in Blackley, have launched a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of basic first aid. They want to make sure no child or adults end up having the same condition.

Abbi has four other siblings and her family hopes to raise money for NMGH to buy new toys for the children's ward that cared for Abbi.

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