A Las Vegas man is telling the agonizing tale of his mother’s battle with E. coli, which all started with a few bites of raw cookie dough and ended in her death last summer.

Richard Simpson speaking at a FDA hearing Thursday claims that his mother, Linda Rivera, consumed a small portion of prepackaged cookie dough back in 2009, which set off a cavalcade of health problems.


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Simpson, 22, said that his mom’s kidneys stopped functioning and she went into septic shock. She got progressively sicker and suffered further organ failure, and even had a section of her large intestines taken out before she died in July 2013 at the age of 61. “There were moments of hope — and of despair,” Simpson told ABC. “She fought very hard. We knew she didn’t want to give up.” h/t pix11

Rivera did settle a claim against Nestle, which recalled its Toll House pre-made cookie dough in 2009 after 65 people in more than two dozen states reported being sickened by E. coli infections after eating the cookie dough.