UPDATE: Channel 3 has great news to share about a 9-year-old girl from Pikeville, battling E.coli.

We are happy to report that Audrey Smith was able to go home on Monday, a day earlier than expected.

Audrey's family says she still has a long road to recovery ahead and that her kidneys are working but not well enough. The infection caused a syndrome that's affected her kidneys.

Audrey is still very weak and needs a lot of therapy but has been able to walk.

The Smith family asks that the community to continue to pray for Audrey and thanks everyone for their support.

The Pikeville community has a set up a GoFundMe page to help Audrey's family with her recovery.

Click here if you would like to make a donation.

Stay with the WRCB app for updates on Audrey's journey.


PREVIOUS STORY: The Pikeville community came together on Monday to help a 9-year-old girl in the fight of her life by having a blood drive in her honor.

Audrey Smith has been fighting an E. coli infection for the last few weeks.

Audrey's aunt, Anna Sapp, was helping people at the blood drive. She says the community’s support and the family's faith have helped Audrey during this trying time.

"It's been an absolute blessing. We've been overwhelmed with the amount of support that people have given us with the blood drive. People have been helping us throughout the weeks she's been in the hospital. But it's been a blessing. It really has,” Sapp said.

Sapp says her niece Audrey Smith isn't your normal kid.

She loves softball, archery, and loves to read, particularly Harry Potter books.

But it's her fighting spirit that makes Audrey extra special.

"Audrey is a tough cookie. She always has been. She's sort of the tomboy of our group and she has a broken arm right now from swinging on a playset. So she's always into something,” Sapp said.

Audrey has been in and out of dialysis, which hasn't been easy for her or her family.

"It was scary. That was my first thought; that it was scary. Especially that she started going into the failure and things like that. It was really scary,” Sapp said.

Jay Baumgardner with Blood Assurance says they had so many people sign up to donate, they will have another blood drive next week.

"They are going I want to help. I want to be part of this instead of saying I have something else to do. So that's why you see the over pouring of love,” Baumgardner said.

Close friends with Audrey’s family came up with Team Audrey t-shirts to help raise money for the family.

The shirts read "be not afraid only believe," which is something Sapp says is the most important thing.

"God really has just armed us up,” Sapp said.

Audrey’s story continues to inspire.

"It's moved people to things. I had a lady tell me she had prayed more in the last week than she had in several years. It's just been amazing. It really has,” Sapp said.

Next week's blood drive will be at First Southern Baptist Church from 12-6:00 p.m.

If you would like to purchase a Team Audrey t-shirt, stop by First Southern Baptist Church in Pikeville on Main Street. All orders must be placed by Friday, August 23.

Stay with the WRCB app for updates on Audrey's journey.