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Woman Almost Dies After Eating At Costco

A woman's life was completely turned upside down over one meal. While that may be hard to fathom, it makes more sense when you consider that the chicken salad she ate was contaminated with E. coli.

Chloe Rodgerson has suffered through a host of medical issues from that point, and she’s going after the store that sold the chicken salad. As Yahoo shares, she’s filing suit against Costco in hopes that the grocery giant will make things right.

The issue stretches back to 2015, when 19 people in total were infected by the E. coli strain from Costco's chicken salad. Five people were hospitalized in total, but Rodgerson has had a particularly rough road.

"Right before I got sick, I had the best year of my life," she said. "And then all of a sudden I woke up with a ventilator down my throat, literally strapped down to the hospital bed."

She wound up developing hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, from the infection, which puts organs like the kidney and brain at risk.

“Chloe is seeking monetary compensation for her infection, the subsequent medical bills – which have already topped $2 million – and the damage it's done to her career. Chloe was on her way to becoming a Broadway actress, having been trained in voice, musical theater, and dance since the age of five,” Yahoo reports.

“She continued to train at the Utah Conservatory of the Performing Arts and had a part in the movie 'Twelve Dogs of Christmas II.' She also an ensemble role in the Jason Robert Brown Parade performed at Lincoln Center.”

All that’s on hold now, and it frankly sounds like Rodgerson is lucky to be alive.

“Rodgerson had to have her large intestine removed, undergo several surgeries, and battle staph infections from the surgeries. The nightmare continued in 2016 when doctors determined she needed a kidney transplant. "

"Luckily, her now-husband was a match, and the surgery took place in February 2017, a month after they were married,” Yahoo adds. “Since then, she has been hospitalized several times due to risk of rejection, and suffers from frequent seizures. Today, her immune system is still very weak, causing her to get sick easily, and she regularly is admitted for dehydration.”

Costco has yet to offer up a response to the suit, so we’ll have to wait and see how this one plays out. From afar, it seems to be pretty cut and dry, but who knows what will happen once the attorneys get involved.

From a bottom line perspective, her life has been forever altered by consuming something she purchased at the store that was contaminated.

"Since I do not have a large intestine, it is hard for my body to keep the right amount of fluids necessary for kidney function. It's crazy to think I had such big goals like acting for film or Broadway when now my biggest goals are to make it through the month without getting admitted," she adds. "I have been drowning in hospital bills and they have been silent on the issue."

Source: Yahoo
Photo: YouTube, Fox 13, Good4Utah

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