Thousands Sick from Strange Kidney Disease

A man who worked in the sugar cane fields for decades receives dialysis at home with his daughter. He and his 24-year-old son, who worked in the fields for just five years, are both suffering from kidney disease. The names of the victims and their families are being withheld due to the ongoing tension about the prevalence of the disease.

For decades, thousands of farmers in tropical hot spots around the world have suffered from a disease that destroys their kidneys. Their eyes can become yellow, their bodies swollen and their muscles continuously cramping as their kidneys become irreversibly damaged — until they die.