Emory Bryan, News on 6
OWASSO, Oklahoma -- A 24-year-old Owasso man has died of complications from an E.Coli infection he contracted in 2002. Richard Chatfield died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, according to a family friend, who said it was related to a kidney transplant he underwent in 2009.
Chatfield spoke with the News On 6 in 2008 for a story about the lingering effects of E.Coli. Six years after his diagnosis, he was on dialysis and had been told that without a kidney transplant he would die.
Chatfield became ill after a summer camp, but never knew the source of the infection. E.Coli is most commonly transmitted when a person ingests feces from an infected animal, usually on tainted or undercooked food.
Chatfield was a graduate of Tulsa Community College and an Eagle Scout. He worked at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Services will be held November 13, 2010 at Faith Lutheran Church in Owasso.
Chatfield's family encourages people to learn about E.Coli at Safe Tables Our Priority.