A lawsuit was filed against Real Water earlier this week over liver failure concerns.
Last year a woman died of liver failure in her sixties. Her family’s lawyers believe this is the first death associated with Real Water. Real Water was selling alkaline water in stores and online, marketed as “the healthiest drinking water available today,” according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday. However, Mrs. Kathleen Ryerson was hospitalized with severe liver failure in September 202, shortly after receiving a shipment from Real Water. She was hospitalized a second time in October 2020 and died in November 2011.
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In addition to Ryerson, the latest lawsuit includes five other adults with liver failure and a “7-month-old boy who was rushed to a Salt Lake City hospital.” According to the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD), about 11 cases of “acute non-viral hepatitis associated with real water” have been reported to date. The Health Quarter is also investigating 50 other reports, five of which involve children. Each of the reports pertains to individuals who “have identified themselves in the health district, have been reported by a health care provider, or because their Real Water subscription has been canceled for health reasons”.
So what’s wrong with the drinks? What causes such a dangerous reaction in the people who drink it? Well, depending on the suit, the “concentrate used in real water consists of calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium”. The suit states:
“The composition of the concentrate Real Water uses is a closely guarded secret… During [the developer] claims that the concentrate consists entirely of potassium and magnesium, no independent review has confirmed this claim. “
Casey Aiken, a former Real Water worker, is named as a defendant. The suit claims that when Aiken used the meter to test water properties, “she didn’t know the meter should be cleaned every month”. The lawsuit further alleges that “Aiken never cleaned the redox meter even though he was the senior technician from August 2020 to March 2021.” Furthermore, the suit claims, “Aiken did not calibrate the meter every month.”
As if all of that weren’t bad enough, the lawsuit also alleges that Real Water caused a number of “miscarriages, dozens of hospitalizations, and one case of emergency brain surgery.” There were also suspected incidents of the water making people sick in 2018 and 2019. Commenting on the lawsuit, Eric Pepperman, the attorney who represented multiple clients in lawsuits against Real Water, said:
“All of these terrible things happen and people stay in the dark and then they learn what it is … Now we can say, ‘Oh, OK. That explains it. That happened to me. ‘”
Back in March, the FDA warned consumers, retailers and restaurants to stop drinking and selling the alkaline water.
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