A local butchers shop, Robinson’s Butchers and Caterers, was voluntarily closed down last month after a total of 15 people in the area were affected by E. coli.
Tia’s mum Rachel Donaldson told the Teesside Gazette how Tia could be left with permanent damage after being placed on kidney dialysis and nearly suffering ruptures of her bowel and stomach.
The horrendous turn of events began when Tia was sent home from school on Friday, July 10, complaining of a stomach ache.
By Sunday, her symptoms were so severe that Rachael and Tia’s dad John, 52, took her to Stockton’s North Tees Hospital.
Rachael said after spending three days at North Tees Tia was blue-lighted to the RVI on July 15 – where Tia has been ever since.
She is now off dialysis and has seen a slight improvement in her condition.
Health protection experts from Public Health England and environmental health teams from both Stockton and County Durham councils are continuing to investigate all possible sources of the outbreak.
Robinson’s butchers agreed to close on a voluntary basis while the source is investigated.
A statement released by Northfield School and Sports College, said: “Public Health England say that the source of this outbreak is not yet known.