In 2009 Linda Rivera, a 57-year-old mother of six from Nevada, was stricken with what one doctor described as “the severest multi-organ (bowel, kidney, brain, lung, gall bladder, pancreas) case of E. coli O157:H7 mediated Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome I have seen in my extensive experience.”  Linda’s story hit the front page of the Washington Post and became Senator Harry Reid’s touchstone for moving the Food Safety Bill in 2010 which the President signed into law.

Today, Linda, Richard, and a few hundred friends and family, gathered at their new home and celebrated her being out of the hospital and her recovery after being hospitalized for over two years.  It was a very good day.

Linda and Audrey.jpgLinda and her mom Audrey

Here is just a little of what Linda, Richard and their family went through:

  • Gil Ramirez

    Wow, congratulations Linda!

  • Bill, that truly made my day. Thank you for posting that beautiful photo.
    Chris Campbell

  • Mary McGonigle-Martin

    Linda looks great. What a journey she has survived! I’m so happy for her family. I can’t even begin imagining 2 years in the hospital.

  • Beth Ann

    It is so good to hear a happy ending to one of these stories, thank you Bill, for giving us that.

  • Jenny Staub

    This is such wonderful news! I have kept her in my thoughts and am so glad she is finally home. There really is no place like home!

  • Gabrielle Meunier

    Congratulations Linda. Both you and your Mom look fantastic.

  • Minkpuppy

    Great news! Linda is truly a fighter–it proves that a strong spirit can get someone through such a horrible ordeal.
    Congrats on your homecoming Linda!

  • Mrs. Mudder

    What great news for you and your family:) :) :)
    I wish you the best and I thank God for your LIFE.
    Somewhere the Food Poisoning MUST stop making
    any of us sick or die before out time!!
    Best of health,
    Mrs. Mudder