Heather Whybrew of Federal Way, Washington was a student at Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland when she was infected with E. coli O157:H7.
battled the E. coli infection over the next week, developing pneumonia as well as blood clots in her
extremities and IV insertion sites, for which she
required Heparin, a blood thinner.
When kidney irregularities emerged, she
was transferred to Children's Hospital
in Seattle, where she
remained until June 6.
was hospitalized for 20 days.
continues to recover from the infection and its complications-she must give herself two Heparin shots daily in the abdomen to keep blood clots at bay.
Salinas, California is again suspected as being the source of the lettuce that sickened Heather
and nine others, and that is where regulation is the tightest.
There's clearly a great deal of work still to do."
"I have a very high tolerance for pain," said Ms. Whybrew
in a statement.