Lives, real lives and statistics
By Consumers Union on Monday, January 29th, 2007
One life belonged to Betty Howard, 83, who died last week from complications of an E. coli infection. Ms. Howard ate a turkey and spinach sandwich in September. She spend her last months in a rehab center.
June Dunning, 86, passed away on September 13th. The connection between her death and the outbreak was just confirmed last week. It was a statement by Ms. Dunning’s son-in-law that impressed me. In response to the doctor’s comment that E. coli typically comes from hamburger, Ms. Dunning’s son-in-law said, ” …she doesn’t eat hamburger, she loves vegetables.”
I suppose It’s also the irony of the risk being associated with what is otherwise such a healthy food choice.