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Las Vegas Woman Claims Alka-Seltzer Caused Coma, Massive Skin Loss

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Las Vegas woman is suing after she claims Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough Formula sent her into a month-long coma, and when she awoke, she had lost 70 percent of her skin.

Aqila Hall-Hood sued Bayer and Wal-Mart in Clark County Court claiming that harmful ingredients in the product are intentionally hidden from consumers, Courthouse News Service reported.

Hall-Wood was hospitalized after she took Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough and blisters formed inside her mouth, the complaint states.

She visited clinic in Reno where a doctor told her she may have a “rare and serious disorder” of the skin and mucous membranes called Stevens-Johnson syndrome. It is caused by a reaction to an infection or medication.

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Hall-Wood was vacationing in Lake Tahoe when she was diagnosed and had to take a medical emergency flight home. She was sedated by medical staff on the flight and was unconscious by the time she landed and was taken to University Medical Center. There she spent 31 days in a coma before waking up to learn that 70 percent of her skin had fallen off. Doctors diagnosed with her toxic epidermal necrolysis.

The suit states that Bayer hides "knowledge of Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough Formula's unreasonably dangerous risks," and that Bayer and Wal-Mart do not "adequately inform consumers about the risks.”

Hall-Wood is seeking punitive damages for deceptive trade, deceit by concealment, product liability, defective design, breach of warranty and negligent representation.

Sources: Courthouse News Service, Wired Nixon