Imagine your teenage son was injected with tainted medicine, causing fungal meningitis that landed him in the hospital for 17 days. Imagine he was one of 749 such victims nationwide (54 in Virginia) and that 63 of those victims died.
Imagine all that medicine was prepared in a contaminated pharmacy, next to a trash dump, by a company that earned millions exploiting a loophole in 20-year-old federal regulations. Imagine imploring Congress to close that loophole, so others would be spared the same fate.
Finally, imagine Republicans and Democrats pointing fingers of blame in different directions, while little got done. Imagine more people getting sick during all that congressional thumb-twiddling.
Sadly, Ben and Andrea Foutz of Cotton Hill in Southwest County don’t have to imagine any of that stuff. They’re living it. It’s an understatement to call them frustrated.
The good news is, their son Zac’s health is improving. The junior at Cave Spring High School is back playing football after difficult struggle last fall and winter.
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