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Upstate fire department raising money for firefighter with gravely ill infant

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An Upstate fire department is working together to help one of their own who is dealing with a gravely ill infant.

The Duncan Chapel Fire Department said one of their firefighters has a two-week-old daughter who is in critical condition and is being transferred to the Childrens Hospital in Atlanta for advanced care. Her name is Braelyn and she has an infection that has caused her to become very sick, according to a post by the fire department.

Being that the family will need to pay for lodging and food while in Atlanta, the fire department decided to raise donations to help with the financial burden.

"We're a huge family here," Chief Russell Watson said. "We stick together. We cry together, we hug together, we love on each other and we're going to take care of them the best we can."

As of Wednesday, Chief Watson said Braelyn has improved since being transported to the Children's hospital in Atlanta. He said her kidney function has improved as well as her blood and infection levels. He said the family expects to be in Atlanta for at least one month for Braelyn's treatments.

"This little girl and her family needs many prayers as she has a long road ahead of her," said Chief Watson.

Commissioner Charles Adams says donations are coming in at a steady pace. He also says prayers are really having an impact on the family.

"Every prayer seems to have an impact on Braeyln. While she is improving she has a long tough battle in front of her. Today she opened her eyes and could follow her parents," Adams said. "The family could really use this relief.”

Firefighters are collecting donations for the family at the station located at 5111 Old Buncombe Road in Greenville, SC.

Braelyn's father Josh Berryhill is also a firefighter with the Berea Fire Department.

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