Eighteen year old Robert Ormsby Jr. has been in ICU at the Buffalo Veterans Administration for nearly one week. The Tonawanda resident is being treated for severe complications from E. coli contamination.
His family says his favorite frozen pizza snacks manufactured by Rich Products is what made him sick and they've hired attorney Jed Dietrich.
"At this point it appears that his injury will require medical care life long," said Dietrich.
Ormsby is one of 24 people infected in an E.coli outbreak across 15 states. The majority of victims are 21 years old or younger.
Some reported eating products labeled under the "Farm Rich" brand including frozen chicken quesadillas, other mini-meals and snack items.
The Centers for Disease Control say one source of the outbreak has been narrowed down to Rich Product's manufacturing plant in Waycross, Georgia.
"We've been operating that facility for 11 years and we've had no incidents. We had the FDA do a comprehensive review of the facility which just finished up today and they found no non-conformance issues," stated Dwight Gram, spokesperson for Rich Products.
Still, with the exact source of the E.coli contamination still unknown the company expanded its voluntary recall to include all products produced at its Georgia plant with a "best by" date from January 1st 2013 to September 29th, 2014.
Symptoms of the illness include mild to severe diarrhea and abdominal cramps, blood in your stool, however there is usually little or no fever present.
In severe cases the condition can cause serious kidney damage and even death.
See the Newslinks section of our website for a complete product recall.