Thursday, May 14, 2009

Family Of Woman Who Died While Sick With Swine Flu

HARLINGEN, Texas - The family of a woman from Harlingen, who died of the swine flu, is exploring the possibility of filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Steven Trunnell, husband of Judy Trunnell, who died May 5, has filed a discovery petition in court against Smithfield Foods, Inc. and its subsidiary Granjas Carroll de Mexico.

The widower Trunnell says in the petition that Smithfield Foods, Inc. has a pig farm in Mexico, where the swine flu is believed to have originated. He says the pigs are kept in deplorable conditions on the farm in La Gloria.

Judy Trunnell, 33, had given birth to a baby by emergency caesarian section approximately two weeks before her death. She worked as a special education teacher in the Mercedes Independent School District.

Trunnell's death was the first reported swine flu death in the U.S.


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