Mesa girl possibly sickened by Yuma E. coli lettuce outbreak released from hospital

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Makayla Jarboe, a 7-year-old Mesa girl diagnosed with an E.coli infection, possibly linked to contaminated Romaine lettuce out of Yuma, is now back home after spending more than a month in the hospital. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Makayla Jarboe, a 7-year-old Mesa girl diagnosed with an E.coli infection, possibly linked to contaminated Romaine lettuce out of Yuma, is now back home after spending more than a month in the hospital. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Right now, she feels “ok,” but her mom Destiny Jarboe said her daughter was in severe pain. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Right now, she feels “ok,” but her mom Destiny Jarboe said her daughter was in severe pain. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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A 7-year-old Mesa girl diagnosed with an E. coli infection, possibly linked to contaminated romaine lettuce out of Yuma, is now back home after spending more than a month in the hospital.

“My stomach hurted a lot when I was trying to sleep every night,” said Makayla Jarboe.

She spent 39 days at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa and was released last Saturday.

[RELATED: Mesa girl fighting for life after eating salad possibly contaminated with E. coli]

“I thought I wouldn’t go back home,” said Makayla.

On Friday, she wanted to make sure the doctors and nurses knew she appreciated them.  

“They helped me get better by taking good care of me,” she said.

[READ MORE: CDC says 31 more people ill after eating romaine lettuce]

Right now, she feels “OK,” but her mom Destiny Jarboe said her daughter was in severe pain.

She watched her daughter fight for her life.

“It was very scary not knowing if she was going to make it or not,” said Destiny.

Right now, Makayla’s kidneys are not functioning properly, so she’s still must use feeding tubes to eat. She also must go to dialysis three times a week for four hours each visit and stay on a special diet.

“If she gets too much, she can get into real danger. She could have a stroke, heart attack,” explained Destiny. “She’s not out of the woods yet, but she’s gotten a lot better than when we first got there.”

[RELATED: Multistate E. coli outbreak traced to lettuce from Arizona]

Destiny said they ate a mixed green salad with romaine and iceberg lettuce at a Valley restaurant on April 11.  

“I got a call from the Maricopa County Health Department that said it has been confirmed linked to lettuce and it was to the Yuma farm,” said Destiny.

“As general practice, we do investigate all cases of E-Coli and we do work directly with the families in communicating our findings,” wrote Maricopa County Department of Public Health spokeswoman Jeanene Fowler.

“I can’t see ever eating lettuce again. It scares the crap out of me,” said Destiny.

“Even like I see people eating it and it makes me want to cringe because it brings back memories of her being in the hospital and what she went through. I don’t want to see anyone go through that. It’s awful. “

Makayla doesn’t want to eat a salad ever again either.

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new multistate E. coli numbers.

So far, a total of five people have died and nearly 200 people across 35 states have gotten sick from contaminated lettuce connected to Yuma.

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Maria HechanovaMaria’s last name is pronounced HETCH-UH-NO-VAH. She joined the 3TV/CBS 5 News team in July 2017, but is no stranger to Arizona.

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Maria Hechanova

Prior to moving to Phoenix, she spent four years in Tucson reporting for KOLD News 13 and KMSB FOX 11 covering wildfires, VA transportation issues, and Southern Arizona's largest school district.

Before that, she worked for WLNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Michigan where she learned a lot about the auto industry and almost never took off her parka.

Maria also reported in Yuma where she had the incredible opportunity to fly with the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and cover countless military homecomings.

She got her start at KPHO in 2008 as a college intern and is happy to be back and working with professionals who helped shape her career.

Shortly after college, Maria landed an internship with the TODAY Show in New York City thanks to the help of the Asian American Journalists Association.

She graduated from Northern Arizona University where she was also a member of the women's swimming and diving team.

Maria grew up in the Valley and went to Ironwood High School in Glendale.

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