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E. Coli victim's family speaks out

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By Sarah Baldwin - bio | email

July 11, 2008

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Faye Bryant was transferred to the intermediate intensive care unit at Archbold Memorial Hospital last Saturday after her condition continued to get worse.  "She seems like she's either very irritable or in a lot of pain," said her daughter Melissa McDonald.

The Bryant's ate at the Barbecue Pit Steak And Seafood restaurant in Moultrie 3 weeks ago. Health investigators say beef served at the popular restaurant is the source of an E-coli outbreak in Colquitt County. "We ate there several times before and several times after. Not thinking this is the culprit that actually made them sick," said McDonald.

The Barbecue pit closed voluntarily last week and is cooperating with the health department while they investigate. Faye Bryant and her husband John both got sick. He's still seeing a doctor but has been released from the hospital. Faye Bryant hasn't been so lucky. Right now her family says she's in a semi-conscious state.  Her daughter said, "Her kidneys' are working from 0 to 10%. She goes everyday to dialysis. She has to have plasma exchange and platelets. Her platelets just got up today so she won't have to have that anymore.  They found out she's having mini-seizures.   All from this."

Despite the situation, Bryant's family remains hopeful.  "Moultrie is a small town. It could have sickened a lot of people. And it could have actually been really, really devastating. And I hope it doesn't turn out to be devastating for us."  Bryant's family tells us there are two other seriously ill E-coli patients being treated at Archbold.

Health Inspectors believe the Barbecue Pit Steak and Seafood restaurant bought tainted beef from a Nebraska distributor, which also supplied beef linked to an e-coli outbreak in Michigan and Ohio.

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