Jessye Millard says, “It might not be horrible but it could be at the same time so me and my husband were really worried.”
Worried after her two-year-old daughter started acting strange.
Millard says, “She started getting really irritable she started screaming off the top of her lungs. We finally were just like I think there’s something wrong.”
This after the family spent Memorial Day swimming on Bluestem Lake.
Millard says, “She was actually sitting still with us and watching TV and we`re like this isn`t Lili.”
Those symptoms made Jessye Millard take her two-year-old to the doctor.
Millard says, “That`s what kind of pushed me to take her in just because she wasn`t my child. You could tell a difference between the two of them.”
And the results?
Millard says, “Our doctor got back with us and told us she tested positive for the Shiga Toxin Type-2 and to get her into the ER as quick as possible”
The CDC says it`s a type of e-Coli.
Millard says, “Cause it does attack kids with weakened immune systems so we think that`s why the two of them out of the 8 that were swimming really got sick.”
The family now warning others about their frightening experience.
Millard says, “There was a lot of fighting back tears especially through the process of giving blood because it took 5 of us to hold her down. That`s a traumatic experience just in itself.”
Now afraid to ever let their kids back in the water.
Millard says, “It`s kind of a sad because it`s kind of taken that away because we`re all scared to let them swim again.”
The family says the city is now testing the water.
The DEQ, not working this specific incident, but reminding others don`t swim in flooded areas, hold your nose when you jump into the water and pay attention to signage around lakes.