Americans suffer from hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver due to drinking water that was advertised as 'healthy' - ForumDaily
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Americans are suffering from hepatitis and liver cirrhosis from drinking water advertised as 'healthy'

Eight people who sued the manufacturer of bottled water, which was found to contain harmful chemical additives, were awarded $3 billion by a court in Las Vegas (Nevada), reports Newsweek.

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Five children and three adults filed a lawsuit against Real Water. They claimed that the company's alkaline water contained hydrazine, an extremely toxic compound that is commonly added to process water to protect thermal power equipment and oil tankers from corrosion. As a result, all plaintiffs suffered liver damage. The age of the affected children ranged from 7 months to 5 years. According to lawyer Will Kemp, they had to be sent to a children's hospital in Salt Lake City (Utah) in the fall of 2020. The victims were planned to undergo a liver transplant, but the operations were never performed.

“Hopefully this will force the bottled water industry to test all of its products,” Kemp said.

He represented the main plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Emily and Christopher Wren, who, along with their two-year-old son, suffered from drinking that ill-fated water. Christopher and the baby required hospitalization while Emily suffered bouts of severe nausea and fatigue, the lawsuit said.

According to the lawyer, all five children who are plaintiffs in the case had severely damaged livers. The baby, who was not even two years old, was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis.

“How many 22-month-old children with cirrhosis do you know?” - Kemp asked rhetorically.

According to the American Liver Foundation, cirrhosis is a condition in which the liver becomes severely scarred and permanently damaged. It must be said that the word “cirrhosis” is most often associated with alcohol, but the disease can be caused by various reasons.

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As for the adults, lawyer Will Kemp said they will need psychological help and therapy to cope with the psychological trauma caused by the children's illness.

What's wrong with water Real Water

Real Water went out of business in 2021 after multiple lawsuits, as well as intervention from local and federal authorities, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

In March 2021, the FDA and the Southern Nevada Health District announced an investigation into multiple complaints due to cases of acute (non-viral) hepatitis throughout the state directly related to Real Water and its products.

The company voluntarily announced a temporary product recall, removing its products from store shelves.

However, on May 19, 2021, a lawsuit was filed at the request of the FDA. It alleged that Real Water and its parent Inc., as well as company executives Brent A. Jones and his son Blaine K. Jones, "violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by distributing adulterated and mislabeled bottled water." .

Although the companies advertised their products as a healthy alternative to tap water, the lawsuit said, the bottles actually contained tap liquid that the defendant firms had treated with chemicals. In addition, production and safety standards were violated.

Shortly thereafter, Real Water closed and filed for bankruptcy.

Lawyer Kemp said Real Water used a "bizarre process" to produce alkaline water. It was treated with electrodes for two 12-hour cycles using equipment for the production of ... rocket fuel. At the same time, the company did not test the final product that was obtained as a result.

“When you bring a new food or water product to market, there is no doubt about what it contains. But why not play it safe and get a $100 test? asks Kemp. “Why not make sure you’re not releasing something that’s potentially dangerous to people?”

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Before that trial ended on June 14, Real Water was ordered to pay compensation in separate cases pending over several months. So, in October of last year, a jury awarded more than $228 million in damages, and in February of this year - approximately $130 million to five plaintiffs.

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