New mother with E.coli on life-support

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A young mother and a three-year old girl are seriously ill in hospital after allegedly contracting E.coli from a fish-and-chip shop.

The Llay Fish Bar on Council Street in Llay, Wrexham, North Wales, is at the centre of the suspected E.coli outbreak. Karen Morrisroe-Clutton is being treated in Wrexham Maelor Hospital where it is understood she is on a life support machine.

The second victim, who has not been named, is being treated for renal failure at Liverpool’s Alder Hey hospital. She is related to another person who is ill with the suspected bug, although they are not in hospital.

A fourth person is also ill but is not in hospital. All four are from the Wrexham area. Wrexham council said it had obtained a court order today to keep the Llay Fish Bar closed while further investigations are carried out.

Mrs Morrisroe-Clutton’s husband, Paul, told the BBC that they had a takeaway last Monday and his wife fell ill the following day. Mr Clutton said: “We thought it was salmonella and Karen would take some medication and it would be fine, but she just deteriorated.

At any moment it could get worse but she is stable.” A businessman called Bekir Huyuk is understood to own the fish bar. His brother, who declined to be named, said: “No one is sure where it has come from. We don’t know anything until we get the results from the investigation back. We were supposed to get them today but they have been delayed. My brother does not want to speak to the media.”