“We can no longer be afraid when eating! “ testifies the family of little Eléa

SIn the photo, the 3-year-old has kept her mischievous demeanor, but a haze over her eyes indicates fatigue. “Eléa went back to school today (Tuesday) but she drags her feet a bit which is not her habit.

SIn the photo, the 3-year-old has kept her mischievous demeanor, but a haze over her eyes indicates fatigue. “Eléa went back to school today (Tuesday) but she drags her feet a bit which is not her habit.

In the words of her children, she understood everything: “I fought the little monsters in my blood,” these are her words. The twenty days in the hospital have changed her a lot, ten days of dialysis 24 hours a day, injections – she is so afraid of them -, medication, bladder catheters. Yes, she’s less happy, maybe more serious, but I’m not complaining, she was very lucky…” Jennifer Oudinot is Eléa’s mother who was transferred from the Bayonne hospital to the nephrology unit. – Pediatrics from Bordeaux University Hospital, last month. At the origin of all this nightmare, a meal out with the family around a Pizza Fraîch’up Buitoni.

Eléa is 3 years old, she has just been hospitalized for twenty days, fifteen of them in intensive care.

Eléa is 3 years old, she has just been hospitalized for twenty days, fifteen of them in intensive care.

Jennifer Oudinot

“After seventeen days in hospital in Bordeaux, Eléa remained under observation for three days in the Bayonne hospital,” Jennifer continues. He had to measure his creatinine level, make sure it wasn’t dropping too much. To be sure that the kidneys would function again on their own, without consequences. It took physiotherapy sessions before she learned to walk again. We removed a urinary catheter after 12 days and started all over again: She no longer knew how to deal with cleanliness. Ditto for eating, very slowly, without salt… Even today, the doctors forbid meat in the evening, the kidneys are very damaged, to what extent we do not yet know. The sword of Damocles will be present until his youth. In Bordeaux, out of anger or desperation, I went to the gendarmerie and lodged a complaint against X.

“The word Buitoni should not be pronounced”

Other children were hospitalized at Bordeaux University Hospital, in the same ward as Eléa and during the same period. A dozen. “I will not complain, I will be ashamed,” continues Eléa’s mother, children have died. And next to us, in the hospital, a 6-year-old boy who was hospitalized at the same time after eating a pizza of the same brand did not have the same luck. Every day, like we did with Eléa, we waited for her kidneys to start working again. And his people did not go. He is still on dialysis today and will likely need a kidney transplant. Apparently, until all the sequencing results are in, we shouldn’t blame Buitoni. We could be accused of slander… Too bad. »

“I, she concludes, have filed a complaint, not because of the money we could get out of it, but so that it would never, ever affect other children.” May that never happen again. We experienced something unacceptable: risking your life by eating a pizza! »

“I filed a complaint, not because of the money, but so that no other children would ever, ever be affected.”

The Eléa family lawyer, Master Pierre Debuisson, is defending more than forty victims of these famous pizzas. “I am defending the family of two children who have died, a 12-year-old girl suffering between life and death from irreversible brain damage, a mother who gave birth to a child who died, another who miscarried in the seventh month of pregnancy and poisoned 37 Children, some of which will have lifelong consequences. We are talking about a very serious food scandal, they all have one thing in common: they ate a Fraîch’up Buitoni pizza between the months of January, February and March. »

“Nestlé’s intentionally inaccurate statements”

The families’ lawyer wrote to the Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office late last week to officially request the opening of a judicial investigation and the appointment of an investigating judge. Every day counts for him. He is particularly concerned about the risk of “disappearing evidence”, adding that he has official documents from Public Health France that link the consumption of Fraîch’up pizzas to the bacterium Escherichia coli, the cause of infections in victims, confirm .

This document that we have been able to consult comes from the Department of Infectious Diseases of the French Public Health Service. “There should be no doubt about the connection between cause and effect and about Neslé’s responsibility,” the lawyer stormed. Nestlé knew and willfully misrepresented. We demand that executives be held accountable before the criminal courts, we demand that the health control authorities are now more uncompromising about the basic rules of hygiene in the food industry. The compensation must be proportionate to the damage suffered. »

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