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Condition improves for Upstate firefighter's gravely ill infant

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Braelyn Berryhill (Source: Family) Braelyn Berryhill (Source: Family)
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Berryhill family with baby Braelyn in Atlanta. (Source: Berryhill family) Berryhill family with baby Braelyn in Atlanta. (Source: Berryhill family)

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

The 3-week-old daughter of one of the Duncan Chapel Fire Department's firefighters was transferred to the Childrens Hospital in Atlanta for advanced care about a week ago. The infant's name is Braelyn and she has an infection that has caused her to become very sick and she was listed in critical condition.

On Tuesday, Braelyn's father, Josh Berryhill, told FOX Carolina the baby's condition was improving.

"All her blood work came back good with the exception of her white blood cell count but it is trending down back to normal," Berryhill said, "They [doctors] noticed slight more blood in her brain on the CT scan late this afternoon but the nuero doc checked it and said it was still not enough that she needs any kind of surgery. We are praising God for his healing that he has already done and will continue to do for Braelyn."

Being that the family is having 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. This little girl and her family needs many prayers as she has a long road ahead of her."

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.

Berryhill expects the family to remain in Atlanta at least for another three weeks.

He is also a firefighter with the Berea Fire Department.

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