As reported by Erin Taylor of the Kingman Miner, Justice Jackson an 8th-grader at Kingman Academy of Learning Middle School, is home after a battle with E. coli O157:H7. According to Ms. Taylor, he was diagnosed in February with a form of E. coli food poisoning known as hemolytic uremic syndrome. HUS occurs in about 10 percent of E. coli cases and can lead to kidney failure.

Jackson was released from Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas March 7. His mom, Sherry Jackson, said his kidneys are functioning at about 70 percent. He returns to Las Vegas Monday for a follow-up visit.

“He’s still not out of the woods yet,” Sherry said.

Justice is currently on medication for high blood pressure, which he could suffer from permanently, and he is on a highly regimented sodium-restrictive diet.

“He’s not a normal 14-year-old anymore,” his mom said. Sherry said her son was disappointed to miss a tournament last weekend where his Coyotes basketball team placed second. He also missed tryouts for the baseball team.