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    Sarah Lewis, 30, of Freedom, California attended a dinner in May 2010 to celebrate her younger sister Stacy Walker's graduation from San Jose State.
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    Both Sarah and Stacy (above) ate the fruit-topped custard tarts that were served for dessert.
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    Sarah Lewis's whole family, including her daughters Hailey and Kyndall, seen here flanking Stacy Walker, attended the banquet at a Santa Clara, California restaurant.
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    Sarah's husband Chris with their daughter Hailey, 7, at the dinner. Only Sarah and Stacy ate the tarts.
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    Sarah's daughter Kyndall, 4, is shown here with the tart that her mother ate.
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    The next night, Sarah started feeling ill. By the following morning, she'd experienced diarrhea and vomiting, and was taken to an emergency room. Both Sarah and her sister Stacy had contracted salmonella from the eggs in the custard tarts. The salmonella attacked Sarah's digestive system, leading to massive infection and internal bleeding.
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    Sarah lost 30 pounds during two separate stays in the hospital over two months. She was sent to the cardiac unit at one point because of serious heart problems. Her daughters became distraught when visiting Sarah at the hospital. "I was white as a ghost, my children didn't even really recognize me, they were just crying," Sarah told ABC News.
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    After she had been released from the hospital, Sarah says, her daughters would still get upset whenever she left the house, thinking she was headed back to the hospital. Sarah's health issues persisted after her discharge from the hospital. She said her immune system had been compromised by her illness and the medicines she had to take because of it.
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    The salmonella outbreak that sickened Sarah and Stacy was traced to two egg farms in Iowa, Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms. According to the Centers for Disease Control more than 1,900 people across the U.S. got sick from salmonella linked to contaminated eggs during the 2010 outbreak.This undated photo, taken during an FDA inspection, shows liquid at Hillandale Farms.
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    Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms together recalled more than half a billion eggs because of the salmonella outbreak. The custard tarts that Stacy and Sarah ate used eggs from Wright County Egg. This Aug. 25, 2010 photo shows one of the chicken confinement sites operated by Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa.
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    Sarah Lewis testified before Congress about the salmonella outbreak on September 22, 2010, saying she was still suffering from diarrhea and cramps. "My sister and I look back at that night," she testified, "and say -- what if our grandma or one of my daughters had eaten the tarts we received? They probably would have died." Here, Sarah testifies with fellow victim Carol Lobato, left.
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    Sarah's family runs a butcher shop called Freedom Meat Locker, and she's proud of its cleanliness. "We love that our inspector comes in once a week and looks around the whole shop and is thrilled about how clean and beautiful it is," said Sarah. She wondered why the egg producers couldn't maintain the same standard. "If we had the same violations that they did, we would be closed down."
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