Mum dies from E.coli four years after she picked it up caring for her dying daughter

A MUM has died from an E.coli infection four years after contracting the strain of bacteria from her dying daughter.

Karen Odens’ four-year-old girl Sophia picked up the infection on February 5 2014 from a mystery source and died days after being rushed to hospital.

Facebook / Karen Odens

Karen Odens, 39, died after contracting a strain of E.coli that killed her daughter four years ago[/caption]

Horrifyingly Karen then fell ill with the same flu-like symptoms and endured weeks of kidney dialysis.

She was discharged from hospital after a month but was forced to fight fluctuating blood pressure for years.

The 39-year-old mum, from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, was in and out of hospital 30 times since her daughter’s death.

Eventually she suffered kidney failure and tragically died last Saturday.

Facebook / In Memory of Sophia Odens

Sophia died from the infection a day after turning four in 2014[/caption]

Facebook / Karen Odens

The mum and daughter both contracted 0157 E.coli from a mystery source[/caption]

She leaves behind her devastate husband of 11 years Eric Odens and their second child Oliver.

Her father, Ed Welke, paid tribute to Karen noting her caring nature and strong connection with her community.

He said: “The last four years have been pretty tough and the strange thing is, we never could figure out what Sophia ate.”

The mother and daughter picked up a strain of E.coli called 0157, commonly found in produce like salad leaves.

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E.coli can lead to deadly blood clots in the kidneys[/caption]

What is E.coli?

ESCHERICHIA coli (E. coli) is a type of bacteria common in human and animal intestines, and forms part of the normal gut flora (the bacteria that exist in the bowel), according to the NHS.

There are a number of different strains of E.coli, some of which can cause serious food poisoning and infection.

A common way to contract it is by eating food contaminated with the bacteria.

E.coli 0157 is repsonsible for many widely reported infections.

The deadly strain produces Shiga-toxins, poisonous substances which can cause stomach cramps, vomiting and bloody diarrhoea.

These toxins bind to white bloods cells which move into the kidneys, causing the organs to fail.

Once inside the kidneys, they break down the cells, triggering a rush of red blood cells to repair the damage.

But the sudden influx creates clotting which leads to kidney failure.

Sophia was hospitalised with flu-like symptoms and doctors could not immediately determine what was wrong with her.

Two days later they found her kidneys had collapsed after contracting the dangerous E.coli strand.

She sadly died on February 11, a day after turning four.

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