A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit against Panera Bread after contracting E. coli.

Her kidneys were at risk of failing and she was vomiting violently with bloody diarrhea, she said. And by the end of her two weeks in the hospital, she had undergone three blood transfusions.

“I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy,” said Louise Fraser, of Readington Township, summing up her recent battle with E. coli that she claims was from romaine lettuce eaten at a Panera Bread in Raritan.

Released just last week from the hospital, Fraser, 66, said never experienced such pain and brutal symptoms before.

“I was out of it and miserable,” said Fraser, who is now recovering at her home.

Her illness comes amid an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 35 people in 11 states, including New Jersey, in the past few weeks.

Fraser is now suing Panera Bread and its lettuce supplier, Ohio-based Freshway Foods Inc., after health officials identified chopped romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, as the culprit of the outbreak.

The suit alleges that the salad she ate had Freshway-supplied romaine lettuce that had been grown in the Yuma, Arizona, region. And, Freshway recently issued a recall of salads made with pre-chopped romaine.

Fraser went to the emergency room on March 25 — a few days after eating a salad at the Panera Bread. There, doctors confirmed diagnosed her with hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious condition that can cause kidney failure, the lawsuit said.

They also confirmed that she had contracted Shiga toxin-producing E. coli — a severe strain of E. coli that can potentially cause people to become dangerously ill.

She said she was pumped with so many fluids in the hospital that she gained about 20 pounds in two weeks.

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Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News


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