Marine recruits' lawsuit alleges they contracted a critical illness from contaminated mess-hall food
Three of six young Marine recruits who became critically ill last fall after eating undercooked hamburgers at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego have filed lawsuits against the foodservice company Sodexo Inc.
Michael Baker Jr., 21, Tristan Abbott, 19, and Vincent Grano, 19, were discharged from the Marines earlier this year after complications from an illness believed to have been caused by contaminated food left them incapable of serving, court documents say.
The trio were among 244 recruits training at the depot in October 2017 when they ate food — believed to be undercooked Sodexo hamburgers — contaminated with E. coli, according to the documents. Fifteen men — including Baker, Abbott and Grano — developed hemolytic uremic syndrome from the bacteria.
The condition affects the circulatory system and “results in the destruction of blood platelets (cells involved in clotting), a low red blood cell count (anemia) and kidney failure due to damage to the very small blood vessels of the kidneys,” according to the National Kidney Foundation.
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