At least five infants and children in Nevada have suffered from acute non-viral hepatitis, resulting in liver failure, after drinking “Real Water” brand “alkalized” water, local and federal regulators reported this week. . At least six others have fallen ill in less severe conditions after drinking the water – and other reports continue to surface.
The first five infants and children with liver failure became ill in November 2020 and required hospitalization, but have since recovered. They lived in four different households in southern Nevada. The other six sick people – three adults and three children – came from at least two of those same households and reported vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite and fatigue, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.
The health district is working to investigate cases with the Food and Drug Administration. It is not yet clear what caused the illnesses, but “to date consumption of ‘Real Water’ brand alkaline water has been shown to be the only common link identified between all cases,” the district said. sanitary.
The FDA has advised consumers, restaurants and retailers not to drink, cook with, sell or serve “Real Water” alkaline water until more information is known.
A Las Vegas-based family took legal action against Real Water on Tuesday. According to the lawsuit reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, parents Emely and Christopher Brian Wren and their 2-year-old son fell ill after drinking water. The father and toddler were hospitalized with liver problems, while the mother suffered from extreme nausea and fatigue. The couple’s daughter, who avoided the water, did not fall ill.
The family law firm, Kemp Jones, LLP, on Thursday filed a second lawsuit against Real Water. The lawsuit claims that a man from Nevada who drank the water suffered from “acute liver failure and was told he was a candidate for an immediate liver transplant,” according to the Review-Journal.
Lawyer Will Kemp told the newspaper the company had responded to dozens of calls from other people who believed they were disgusted by the water. The newspaper also highlighted two cases of Real Water consumers falling mysteriously ill. In one case, a generally healthy 69-year-old woman died from aspiration pneumonia and liver failure after drinking more than 64 ounces of water a day, according to the deceased woman’s sister. Another woman spent nine days in the hospital, racking up $ 100,000 in medical bills.
Real Water claims its water – which is sold throughout the Southwest – is infused with negative ions and has a pH of 9.0. The company makes vague references to unproven health benefits and suggests that drinking water results in “increased cellular hydration.” There is no established benefit to alkaline diets and water, and the human body maintains its own healthy pH.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Real Water President Brent Jones said that “the company’s goal is to work diligently with the FDA to achieve an early resolution.” Jones’ statement said the company had traced “the potential health issue” to the company’s Las Vegas door-to-door delivery operation.
“Real Water is asking all retailers to take product off the shelf, effective immediately, and keep it behind the scenes or return it to distributors,” Jones said. “Any customer who has purchased Real Water from a retailer is welcome to return the product.”