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Mother's warning over E. coli threat

The Argus: Mother's warning over E. coli threat Mother's warning over E. coli threat

The family of a girl who was left fighting for her life after contracting E. coli say they want to raise awareness of the risks of the potentially lethal infection.

Claudia Erskine, now 11, of Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, fell critically ill just days after visiting Godstone Farm when she was just seven years old.

She was one of 76 children under the age of ten who contracted E. coli there.

The families who were worst affected by the outbreak settled their damage claims with the farm in court earlier this month.

Claudia’s mother Lucy, 39, told of how “no amount of money in the world” would offset the fact her daughter has to live with the health effects of what happened.

She said it was the “darkest period” of her family but added they were determined to raise awareness of the infection.

The mother-of-three said: “Having lived through the dreadful effects that it had on our family, and nearly losing our little girl as a result, we would ask other parents to think twice before taking children to petting farms.”

She added: “I sat vigil by her bedside, terrified and not knowing whether she would have the strength to pull through.

“It seemed impossible to us that our lit- tle girl, who had been happy and healthy just a few days before, was now lying in a hospital bed fighting for her life – and all because of a day out at Godstone Farm.”

Claudia was left hospitalised for three weeks, pulling through in what her mother called a “miracle”.

Claudia’s siblings, Niall, six, and Evan, 15-months, also contracted the disease but recovered.

The individual awards on the cases against Godstone Farm cannot be disclosed but European law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse confirmed the combined amount of their 35 cases is in excess of £1 million.

Jill Greenfield, Field Fisher Waterhouse partner, said: “It is tragic that these young children were allowed to skip into this farm completely oblivious to the danger that awaited.”

For information about keeping safe from E. coli go to: hse.gov.uk/campaigns/ farmsafe/ecoli.

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9:48am Mon 26 May 14

Morpheus says...

The report does not given the date when this happened, but I remember this risk was in the news some years ago. It seems that the risks have been forgotten.
The report does not given the date when this happened, but I remember this risk was in the news some years ago. It seems that the risks have been forgotten. Morpheus
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10:56am Mon 26 May 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Wash your hands thoroughly - with soap and water - after touching animals, going to the toilet, etc. Everyone in the UK should do this but it appears they can't be bothered.
Wash your hands thoroughly - with soap and water - after touching animals, going to the toilet, etc. Everyone in the UK should do this but it appears they can't be bothered. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 7

1:13pm Mon 26 May 14

Elgabalus says...

4 years old this story... WASH your hands,,,,, Plus... I would ban visitors from. Hospitals too...or exclude anyone who refused to use the Gel...and that is every other person at least...
4 years old this story... WASH your hands,,,,, Plus... I would ban visitors from. Hospitals too...or exclude anyone who refused to use the Gel...and that is every other person at least... Elgabalus
  • Score: 4

4:37pm Mon 26 May 14

RussellR says...

Two typos in the web address for further information - you need to drop the extra space before farmsafe and add htm after the final full stop
Two typos in the web address for further information - you need to drop the extra space before farmsafe and add htm after the final full stop RussellR
  • Score: 0

8:51pm Mon 26 May 14

clubrob6 says...

Elgabalus wrote:
4 years old this story... WASH your hands,,,,, Plus... I would ban visitors from. Hospitals too...or exclude anyone who refused to use the Gel...and that is every other person at least...
I went to the RSCH last week loads of people were just walking past the cleaning stations mainly because they were going to the coffee shop,i hope when the new hospital is built these coffee shops are in a area before the cleaning stations.People should realise they are putting peoples lives at risk because they have gone into a clean area without cleaning there hands others that have can get contaminated again making the cleaning stations pointless.
[quote][p][bold]Elgabalus[/bold] wrote: 4 years old this story... WASH your hands,,,,, Plus... I would ban visitors from. Hospitals too...or exclude anyone who refused to use the Gel...and that is every other person at least...[/p][/quote]I went to the RSCH last week loads of people were just walking past the cleaning stations mainly because they were going to the coffee shop,i hope when the new hospital is built these coffee shops are in a area before the cleaning stations.People should realise they are putting peoples lives at risk because they have gone into a clean area without cleaning there hands others that have can get contaminated again making the cleaning stations pointless. clubrob6
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