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A 20-year-old woman is suing Costco over chicken salad she says triggered kidney failure and $2 million in medical bills

Kate Taylor

A 20-year-old is suing Costco after E. coli-tainted chicken from the retailer caused serious health problems, including epilepsy and kidney failure. 

Chloe Rodgerson has filed a $2 million lawsuit against the budget retailer, two years after becoming seriously ill after eating Costco's tainted chicken salad, Fox 13 reports.

In October 2015, 19 people were infected with E. coli in California, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Utah, Virginia, and Washington after eating Costco's rotisserie chicken salad. 

Rodgerson had been admitted to the ICU after vomiting blood. Doctors struggled to diagnose what was causing problems, she says, until the FDA called to ask if she had eaten Costco chicken salad. 

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Over the last two years, Rodgerson says that she racked up $2 million in medical bills, as hemolytic uremic syndrome led to renal failure, epilepsy, and diabetes. 

"I don't have $2 million and I’m not going to have sufficient resources to keep myself alive going forward in the future," she told Fox 13. 

Eventually, after a year and a half on dialysis, Rodgerson received a kidney transplant from her husband. She told Fox 13 that she continues to have health problems linked to the tainted chicken, and will not be able to have children. 

Costco did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. In addition to Robinson, four other people were hospitalized after eating the retailer's E. coli-tainted chicken, and one other developed hemolytic uremic syndrome.

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