West Fargo girl battles rare disease she caught in a swimming pool

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live)-- A West Fargo family is forever changed after their eight-year-old daughter developed a rare disease from something she caught in a public swimming pool.

Watching Sadie Cameron run around, she looks like the typical eight-year-old. But, there's much more than meets the eye.

"She's very compassionate, very caring," Mom Katie Cameron says. "She's tough and she's shown that the last couple of months."

Sadie and her family spent a lot of time at the pool this summer. But after a day of swimming in July, Cameron says, she noticed something was off. Sadie became very sick, very fast.

"One day makes a big difference," Cameron says. "It kind of turned our lives upside down."

Doctors diagnosed Sadie with a rare disease called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, HUS.

Cameron says, it happened after she got E. Coli from the pool. The bacteria produces toxins that attack Sadie's kidneys.

"It was pretty scary," Cameron says. "I was the only one there. It's pretty traumatic to see that on your own child."

Sadie had a couple of close calls, but Cameron says, she's fighting hard to get better each day.

They make the trip to Minneapolis twice a week for dialysis. On top of that, there's physical and speech therapy.

"Everybody said she was a healthy young girl and she'll bounce back and she has," Cameron says.

She adds, eventually Sadie will need new kidneys. Until that day comes, the Cameron's are taking it one day at a time.

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, there will be a benefit for Sadie at the Fargo El Zagal. Money donated will help the family with medical expenses.

If you're interested in donating, we've attached links to this story. You can go to www.lendahand.org