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Tucson girl and community fight disease

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Seven-year-old Summer Harp, like many kids, looked forward to waking up Christmas morning.

"She wanted the new Hatchimal, the new L.O.L. (Surprise) doll,” said Summer’s mother, Beth.

But Summer spent Christmas on a ventilator, surrounded by family, fighting for her life.

“Summer, she never ever gets sick and the end of November, the beginning of December, she began complaining about severe stomach pain,” Beth said.

After a couple visits to the emergency room, Summer was taken to Diamond Children’s Medical Center where doctors eventually diagnosed her with HSP disease.

The condition results in the inflammation and bleeding in small blood vessels in the skin, kidneys, intestines and joints.

It’s a traumatic experience impacting the entire family, especially Summer’s 14-year-old sister.

“She's had a very difficult time with it. She misses her little sister. She's almost like a mother to her,” Beth said.

A wealth of support continues to pour in from the community.

La Paloma Academy Lakeside, where Summer attends second grade, donated over $1,000 earlier in December.

As for Summer’s father, Bryan, he’s holding out hope and believes his daughter’s road to recovery will be a triumphant one.

“She's very feisty. They've been saying she's very sassy. So she's been definitely making progress on her own,” said Summer’s father, Bryan.

There are still plans for Christmas celebrations once Summer wakes up.

The Harp family is keeping positive; keeping Summer strong.

“She hasn't realized she's missed the holiday, yet so we will celebrate it when she's awake. We're missing a spark in our family and it's hard,” Beth said.

To support Summer and her family, click: https://www.gofundme.com/mtumsz-summers-medical-fund

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