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A mother who survived a 2007 mass shooting in Utah said Thursday she has lead poisoning from 300 shotgun pellets still in her body, leaving her with debilitating headaches, nausea and other serious health problems.
Carolyn Tuft, 56, whose 15-year-old daughter died in the Trolley Square mall shooting in Salt Lake City, has been unable to work, resulting in the loss of her home and business, she told The Associated Press.
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She's stricken when she thinks about other survivors dealing with similar problems after mass shootings, including recent slayings in Texas, Ohio and California.
'It makes me terribly sad and sick to my stomach and angry, and I just feel very sad for those people,' said Tuft.
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Mary Anne Thompson, local chapter leader of Moms Demand Action, an organization pushing for stronger gun laws, has seen the effects on her friend. Tuft used to be a cyclist, hiker and runner.
'Carolyn has trouble getting up in the morning and getting dressed,' she told Salt Lake City television station KUTV, which first reported the story. 'For many like my friend Carolyn, it's a life sentence of pain.'
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Little research has been done on the effects of lead poisoning from ammunition, said Gabriel Filippelli, a science professor at Indiana University. Doctors haven't told Tuft how much longer she may survive, but she says she is struggling.
Once lead enters the body, it can travel through the bloodstream and affect vital organs like the kidneys, brain and heart, causing a litany of serious health issues. It can include kidney disease, depression, heart disease and suicidal thoughts, Filippelli said.
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