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Dad Given Weeks To Live After His Liver Fails - This Is To Blame

A lot of people desperate to slim down are looking for a miracle product that will make it easier. Unfortunately, sometimes what looks like a miracle is a disaster in disguise. One Australian man learned his lesson the hard way. He started taking a popular weight-loss product to help him drop the pounds, but instead he nearly died.

Matthew Whitby was overweight and wanted to lose weight so that he could set a good example for his son. He went online and purchased a protein powder that contains concentrated green tea extract and garcinia cambogia, a tropical fruit used in many weight-loss products. The product contained no health warnings.

He started using the product according to the label, but things started going downhill. Whitby's health was declining, but he tried to push through because he thought his body was just adapting to his new diet and exercise plan. When he wasn't getting any better, he went to see a doctor.

Whitby was stunned to be told he had about two weeks to live because he was suffering from serious liver damage. The only thing that could extend his life was a liver transplant.

Unfortunately, the only matching liver donation to be found at the time was from a patient who suffered from hepatitis B. Whitby chose to take the liver and be infected with the disease. Hepatitis B can be serious, and Whitby will be on medication for the rest of his life, but at least he'll be alive.

"I didn't think something you could buy online or just over the counter did the damage that it did to me," he said. "They didn't say anything about 'could cause liver failure'."

Whitby's case was documented in the Medical Journal of Australia, and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is now investigating green tea extract concentrated. The product has been connected to liver damage, though it’s still widely used in health supplement products without any warning labels.

Source: ABC
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