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David Sterratt - Edinburgh
14th October 2005

My son, who was two and a half at the time, caught E.coli from some  unpasteurised cheese that I had bought from a cheese stall, not knowing it was unpasteurised.

Five days later he started having diarrhoea, and got steadily worse over the next two days until it looked like he had blood in his stools. We took him to the accident and emergency at the Edinburgh Sick Kids, and after two days he had stopped urinating and the bloods showed that he had HUS, so he was taken to the Renal Unit at the Glasgow Sick Kids. He spent four weeks there, three of them on peritoneal dialysis, before getting well enough to come home. He now seems to be doing fine, though there has been some long-lasting damage to his kidneys and this might lead to problems in the future. He is having regular check-ups inEdinburgh, and has to take activated Vitamin D drops as his kidneys aren't converting enough vitamin D into its activated form - if he didn't have the drops his body would take calcium out of his bones, making them soft.

It turns out the strain of E.coli wasn't 0157 - I think it was 0111,  In any case, the strain has only recently been identified and he was the first in Scotland known to have had it, and the fourth in the world; an unfortunate claim to fame.


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