My father, Bill McCallum was first exposed to sewage sludge when Azurix spread it within 120 feet of his front door in August 2000. Prior to that time, he was always a healthy man.
About 12 days after the sludge was spread, my father started experiencing severe adverse health effects. He lost 12.5 kilograms (about 25-30 pounds.) He suffered sweats, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills in the middle of summer, constant headaches, lethargy -- basically he was confined to the sofa.
My father finally went to the doctor. It took them about 6 days to figure out what was wrong -- they had to call in a specialist. They said my father was suffering from "beaver fever" (Giardia Lamblia). The doctors treated him ... it took him a long while to recuperate.
Other symptoms my father, Bill McCallum, experienced were sore throats, nasal congestion, shortness of breath and heart palpitations, fierce headaches, sinus congestion and extreme fatigue. My father also suffered red rashes on his forearms, the front of his throat and on each side of his nose.
Shortly after my father was stricken with these illnesses, he suffered a series of strokes which has totally incapacitated him. We do not know if the strokes were related to or caused by the sicknesses he suffered from exposure to the sludge.
Just incidentally, the sludge was spread within 60 feet of our pond, and sludge run off entered the water and both our Japanese Coy fish died.
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