Pamela Evette stopped by our lab last week while touring businesses that have adapted to meet the Lowcountry’s needs during COVID-19.
“In January of 2019, my co-founder and I participated in an outreach program in Mexico, where we volunteered to educate and support a group of individuals who were showing signs of illness for unknown reasons.
Our goal was to help them with awareness for clean water, increased nutrition while also offering support to the team of doctors and naturopaths who were diagnosing conditions.
While there, many of the volunteers experienced what we believed to be Montezuma’s Revenge. We were given medication and returned to our assigned tasks within 24 hours. Within a few weeks of returning home, several of the volunteers began to feel sick with intestinal issues once again.
Over the course of the year, team member’s symptoms became worse. Two members ultimately ended up in the hospital – one with an intestinal obstruction and the other with an obstruction in the liver duct.
What we later learned was that we had been exposed to water that was cross contaminated with human waste containing multiple bacteria and parasites. This water had been used by the volunteer kitchen staff to clean dishes and cook food, despite instruction to only use purified bottled water. This led to the volunteer staff becoming ill with multiple forms of bacterial and parasitic infections.
Vikor Scientific diagnosed the bacteria portion of the infection for both myself and my co-founder, allowing us to start the healing process. We are so very grateful for your team. To know that we have support as we support others means everything. ”