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Evidence: Letter from Richard Blorum, Hunter Nelson's doctor


Investigating Officer(s): Det. S. Murphy, Det. T. Armstrong
Incident No.: 001294-23E-2004
Case Description: Kristi Waterson Homicide

The Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department obtained the following document, which was part of the civil lawsuit "Nathaniel Nelson VS. Church & Dwight Co., Inc." filed January 15, 2003. 

Richard C Blorum, MD
Dermatology Center of Natchez
19 Sgt Prentiss Drive
Natchez, MS 39120

13 January 2003

To whom it may concern:

This letter confirms that Nathaniel Harrison Nelson has demonstrated an acute clinical immediate hypersensitivity reaction -- commonly known as an allergic reaction -- to latex proteins in materials derived from trees producing natural rubber latex (Hevea brasiliensis). Such diagnosis was made on 2 January 2003 using a skin-prick test at this facility and confirmed with results obtained from Natchez General Hospital Serology Laboratory, which conducted IgE allergy bloods test and confirmed the presence of IgE anti-latex antibodies.

When Mr. Nelson comes in contact with materials made of, containing, or that have been in contact or have absorbed natural rubber latex, his mucous membranes may absorb latex proteins. Mr. Nelson’s immune system then produces antibodies that react immunologically with these antigenic proteins.

When exposed to latex proteins, like many latex-sensitive individuals, Mr. Nelson rapidly experiences severe reactions that begin with hives, congestion, tightening of the throat, and dizziness. However, he rapidly develops anaphylaxis, a dangerous systemic reaction that causes a drop in blood pressure, difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat, tongue and nose, and even loss of consciousness and could be life-threatening if unattended. This requires emergency medical attention.

Test results have been authorized for release by Mr. Nelson and are available to qualified medical personnel upon request.

// Richard C. Blorum, MD

Dermatology Center of Natchez


Sworn before me this 13th day of January, 2003

//Roberta Wilber

Roberta Wilber, Notary Public

My commission expires 3/8/2007


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