Breaking News: Real Water® May Cause Hepatitis
Between late November 2020 and April 2021, the Southern Nevada Health District has received 11 reports of probable — and severe — hepatitis in children and adults. The only known link was Real Water. The FDA and CDC have announced an investigation into the outbreak. Additionally, Real Water recalled its products and several consumers have filed lawsuits.
Real Water® Linked to Hepatitis Outbreak
A growing number of incidents have linked Real Water, an alkaline water touted for supposed health benefits, to hepatitis.
Hepatitis is a potentially deadly condition that causes liver inflammation and damage. Severe cases of hepatitis can lead to liver failure or cancer of the liver. In these cases, a liver transplant may be needed or the patient may die.
Symptoms of hepatitis include:
- Abdomen pain
- Dark-colored urine
- Discolored bowel movements
- Joint pain
- Loss of appetite
Several of those put at risk of liver failure after drinking Real Water were children between the ages of 7 months and 5 years of age.
While none of the patients who drank Real Water in these cases required a liver transplant, they were all hospitalized and put in grave danger. And, in mid-May 2021, news broke that a woman may have died after drinking Real Water.
The Southern Nevada Health District is also investigating 50 other cases of hepatitis possibly linked to Real Water as of April 2021.
What Is Real Water®?
Real Water is a brand of water that uses alkaline to purportedly prevent oxidization that damages cells and improve cellular hydration. The company claims this gives it additional health benefits when compared to regular water.
However, respected health groups like the Mayo Clinic note that the possible benefits of alkaline-based water are still under investigation. At this time, there are no officially recognized health benefits to drinking alkaline water.
Until a voluntary recall in March 2021, Real Water was sold in retail stores and by home delivery. It was especially popular in midwestern states such as Nevada.
What Should I Do If I Drank Real Water®?
If you or a loved one drank Real Water, leading agencies are providing tips to stay safe.
For example, the FDA recommends not to use the product at all until the cause of the outbreak is determined. Any Real alkaline water side effects should be promptly reported to health care providers.
Several families who may have developed hepatitis from drinking water also reached out to Real Water lawyers to see if they can file lawsuits against the company.
Real Water® Lawsuits Filed After Illnesses & Death
As of May 2021, several notable Real Water lawsuits have been filed. One was filed by the parents of a little girl who became severely ill after drinking Real Water.
In an interview with CBS News, the parents revealed the girl had to be airlifted to a hospital after doctors noted her liver was failing in November 2020.
"It's absolutely like going into shock, you know, thinking that your 5-year-old might need a transplant.”
– Mother of 5-year-old victim
Another Real Water lawsuit involving multiple victims also made headlines in May 2021. This lawsuit claims that a 69-year-old woman died of liver failure and pneumonia in November 2020 after drinking Real Water regularly. Several others named in this lawsuit also experienced liver failure, including a 7-month-old child.
Real Water® Announces Recall
In March 2021, Real Water announced that it would voluntarily recall its products to make sure they were totally safe.
In a press release posted on its official site, the company said:
“Real Water takes customer safety seriously and promptly issued this recall on March 17, 2021 after being notified of the investigation. The company has ceased production and distribution of the product as the FDA and the company continue their investigations into the potential cause of the problem. Consumers who may have recalled products should discard it immediately and not drink it.”
This announcement came three months after the first reported case — and after both children and adults had already suffered potentially deadly side effects.
Real Water® Founders May Have Cut Corners
Despite the company’s warning to customers, more news has come to light about their business practices that have brought them under scrutiny. Recent reports noted that employees in charge of mixing the alkaline solution with the water may have not been properly trained.
According to a deposition from a former employee, he was given only a few hours formal training — and had no prior experience mixing chemicals — before he was put in charge of combining a concentrate with water to make Real Water. He had no idea what was in the concentrate.
In one instance when the alkaline levels of a Real Water batch were low, the son of Real Water’s founder simply told the employee to mix more concentrate into the water. However, he did not provide a specific measurement.
Finding a Real Water® Lawyer
If you or someone you love developed hepatitis after drinking Real Water, legal help might be available.
A Real Water lawyer may be able to:
- Build a case against the company
- File a Real Water lawsuit on your behalf
- Pursue a Real Water settlement
- Get financial compensation
Remember, more lawsuits may be filed as state and federal agencies continue to study the link between Real Water and cases of hepatitis. A Real Water attorney is key to helping you pursue compensation if this water may have harmed you or a loved one.
Sokolove Law & Real Water® Law Firms
Sokolove Law remains concerned about the possible connection between Real Water and hepatitis.
Since the firm was founded in 1979, our mission has been to help everyday people harmed by large corporations. The firm is appalled that anyone — especially children — were hospitalized and may have died from drinking Real Water.
As the situation develops, Sokolove Law will continue to provide updates to inform the public about the potential risks of the water and the outcomes of recent Real Water lawsuits.