Woman in intensive care after eating gas station nacho cheese

Jane Richards
May 19, 2017

The next day, Kelly was placed on ventilators and admitted to the ICU where she has spent the last three weeks, even missing her birthday last May 17. It is believed that the nacho cheese sauce is the common food eaten among all the victims is where the botulism is coming from. In fact, health officials from Sacramento County claim that five other people have been diagnosed with botulism and they can be tied to Valley Oak Food and Fuel.

Sacramento health officials are telling to public to seek medical attention if they have eaten at the Valley Oak Food and Fuel gas station between April 23 to May 5 and are experiencing any symptoms.

CBS Philly reported that health officials in Sacramento have connected Kelly's case of botulism poisoning and four other cases to Valley Oak Food and Fuel gas station, located in the Walnut Grove suburb of Sacramento.

A mother is fighting for her life after investigators say she contracted botulism after eating nacho cheese sauce at a Northern California gas station.

She purchased some nacho cheese which she drizzled over a bag of Doritos.

They sent her home a few hours later, but that evening she started vomiting and having difficulty breathing.

A Go-Fund-Me page has been created to help with Kelly's medical bills and to support her three kids. Her loved ones need to lift her eyelids, and sometimes tape them up, so she can see who enters her hospital room, the Sacramento Bee reports.

"We're just trying to figure out what happened", her partner, Ricky Torres, told the Sacremento Bee. Really? How does that happen?

And the family has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the gas station for negligence.

Botulism, which is potentially fatal, can be caused by eating foods that have been contaminated with botulinum toxin, often homemade items that have been improperly canned, preserved, or fermented, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So far, preliminary data seems to be pointing to the nacho cheese sold at the gas station in Walnut Grove that is the likely source of the botulism.

"The source of the food product may be unrelated to the gas station", he added. "That's an essential question".

Bruce Clark, the family's lawyer, would not say how much money they are suing for, but he says similar cases in the past involved millions of dollars.

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