Hawaii woman who took diet pills dies of liver failure
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Sonette Marras' son tells Hawaii News Now that his mother died from liver failure Friday at The Queen's Medical Center.
[The following is an earlier interview with the son.]
"I'm going to lose my best friend," says Michael Soriano as he holds his toddler. "She's the backbone of this family."
Soriano's wife, Sonette Marras is in a medically induced coma at The Queen's Medical Center. The 48-year old Maui woman is suffering from liver failure.
"She was healthy as a horse," says her son, Ronden Smith-Marras. He says she just wanted to lose weight. So this summer, she started taking OxyElite Pro, a diet supplement. After several weeks, Smith-Marras says his mother got violently ill.
"Nausea, vomiting, she would eat, then throw up," says Smith-Marras. His mother was flown to Oahu.
The State Department of Health is investigating dozens of cases of people suffering from liver injuries after taking weight loss supplements. The cases range from acute hepatitis, to severe liver failure. At least one person has had a transplant and several others are on the waiting list.
OxyElite Pro isn't the only supplement that the patients took before getting sick. There is at least one other, but the Department of Health won't reveal the name of that supplement.
And it's unclear if an ingredient in the supplements is to blame or a combination of factors.
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