A day later, Lawrence was transferred to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, where she received more tests.
"I was told I could possibly lose my vision and the infection could possibly move to my brain in a few hours," she recalled.
The infection eventually subsided after "15 rounds" of antibiotics, and she was released from the hospital on Jan. 23.
"After enduring a very serious medical situation, I have felt firsthand the effects of such a natural disaster," Lawrence said Monday in the House chambers.
More than 500 people have been evaluated at hospitals with symptoms they report as being associated with the chemical leak, according to the state Department of Health and Human Resources.
Lawrence told lawmakers that Freedom Industries and the state Department of Environmental Protection must be held accountable for the Jan. 9 chemical leak that made water unusable for 300,000 people in nine West Virginia counties.
"We need to make sure we have adequate resources and staffing for inspectors," Lawrence said. "We must also do all we can to ensure this never happens again."
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