Lavinia Kelly, 33, of Sacramento was hospitalized after picking up a bag of chips and nacho cheese sauce at the station.
Investigations are ongoing as to what caused the illness, but officials are now putting it down to a batch of nacho cheese. Between 5 and 10 percent of botulism cases are fatal, according to the World Health Organization.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), botulism is "a rare but serious paralytic illness cause by a nerve toxin".
Lavinia drizzled the Dorito's she bought at the gas station on April 21 with nacho cheese sauce from the deli area.
Lavinia Kelly is so sick that she can't speak or breathe on her own and spent her 33rd birthday this week in an intensive care unit, the Sacramento Bee reported. Lavinia grabbed a bag of Doritos and decided to make them cheesier by pouring some of the gas station's nacho cheese over them.
Her sister Theresa Kelly tells Fox 40 that Lavinia called her that day and could not articulate the words well, but that she understood her sister was trying to say, "I need you here now".More news: United Nations court orders Pakistan not to execute Indian national
State health officials have reportedly stripped the gas station of its permit to sell food and drinks. Kelly's family has filed a negligence lawsuit on her behalf.
"Thank God that we know she can recover", Theresa said.
'(The gas station) should have been more aware. Symptoms include blurred vision, double vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, trouble swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness. Employees on site declined to comment last week, and the business could not be reached by telephone Tuesday. If left untreated, botulism can cause paralysis of the respiratory and other muscles. Clark stated that "human mistakes" are behind the creation of a ideal environment for the formation of "botulinum toxin".
The symptoms of botulism food poisoning come on quickly, usually within hours of exposure to the toxin. 'We will use the lawsuit to learn more about the source of the food product that was contaminated.
In 2014, only 161 cases of botulism were confirmed and just 15 of those were food-borne illness. The source of the food product may be unrelated to the gas station; it could be a commercially made, pre-packaged item.
A Go-Fund-Me page has been created to help with Kelly's medical bills and to support her three kids. That's an essential question'.