CantaloupeSafety.jpgAP’s Josh Funk wrote a powerful piece on a Marler Clark client and family struggling with the loss of a husband and father in “Neb. family hopes changes follow listeria outbreak.” The whole article is worth a read, but there are several poignant parts:

The family of the 81-year-old Nebraska man who died last month after eating tainted cantaloupe hopes the listeria outbreak leads to improvements in food safety.

George Drinkwalter’s relatives hope no other family will have to endure what they have in the past month. They say the Cody, Neb., man’s life was cut short because of the fruit he chose to eat for breakfast.

“It was hard to watch him die the way he did die,” Randy Drinkwalter, of North Platte, one of George’s four sons, told The Associated Press in an interview Monday.

Isla Drinkwalter, who just celebrated her 58th wedding anniversary in August, said her husband was a well-liked, kind man who valued family and always supported the local schools. The couple met after he served in the Army in Germany during the Korean War.

The Drinkwalter family hasn’t decided yet whether file a lawsuit against the cantaloupe producer and distributors. Family members hope that telling their story might help lead to a safer food production system, and maybe more consumers will be inspired to take precautions such as washing fruits and vegetables and cooking meat thoroughly.

“If we could prevent one other family from going through what we have, it will be worth it,” Keith Drinkwalter said.

AP’s Dan Elliott did the same for five other Marler Clark clients in “For Listeria victims, sudden turns for the worse” a few days ago.

  • Tim Lukens

    A couple of questions. This is a very concerning tragedy. Did I read correctly that in one or more instance that the person that fell ill was sent to the hospital then sent home the next day, then died? Not to minimize these tragic events, but isn’t listeria treatable if properly diagnosed? What concerns me, is the potential of negligent diagnoses from health care professionals. Perhaps some information in regards to the treatability of various pathogens might be useful. For example, Ecoli 0157:H7 is very diffucult, cannot be treated, what about others? Listeria, Salmonella etc. I’ve been with my 84 year old mother in law on several doctors visits, and quite frankly I don’t think they gave a damn if they diagnosed correctly or not. Blatant age bias.

  • Richard and Linda Rivera and our entire family

    Our prayers and thoughts are with each and every family who has been affected by this.If there is family member or patient who would like to talk to us Mr.Bill Marler please give them our phone number and we would be glad to listen. Sometimes just being able to talk to someone who has been in their shoes is good for the soul and peace of mind. This is such an emotion filled time for all and we will continue to pray for all of the families.

  • It is a crime what happens with emergency rooms today. Here in Florida if the ER kills the person and they dont have a spouse or child under 25 the claim dies with the person. It is important to be so viligent today with our medical system.

  • Bix

    To Tim Lukens up there, I’ve also seen age bias.