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In Memory: Remembering those who've had fatal food reactions page 4

Posted: Apr 29th, 2008 at 09:59 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. We live every day knowing this can happen, so suddenly. Your loss is terrible.

Kareem was very beautiful. I wish you peace as well.

2 PA, TNA Kids

Posted: Apr 30th, 2008 at 09:13 am

Ann, I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine what you've been through. Thank you for visiting us, and if you'd like to share any part of your story, I'm sure we'd be glad to listen. I pray that you will find comfort and strength as you continue to grieve.

U.S. - mom to PA daughter

"Opportunity is not a lengthy visitor."
-- Cinderella, Into the Woods

Posted: Apr 30th, 2008 at 09:56 am

Ann, please accept my condolences. I hope it is some comfort to know that we will always remember your son, and that his story may help keep another child safe.

My prayers and thought go with you. Smiley

DS 11 PA

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Posted: Apr 30th, 2008 at 10:50 am

Ann...I am so sorry for your loss. Your son was truly talented. For those who want to see his performance visit:

Please know that you are helping to keep other children safe by sharing your story.

My prayers and thoughts are with you today.

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” Scott Peck

Posted: May 16th, 2008 at 06:54 pm
WANDSWORTH: Killed by prawn soup

A Tooting woman died after eating Thai prawn soup, despite seeming fine when she first had it a few days earlier, an inquest has heard.

Elizabeth Hoborough, 39, of Pevensey Road, was found gasping for breath by her husband in the early hours of Thursday, February 28.

She was taken by ambulance to St George's Hospital and given adrenaline but could not be resuscitated.

A postmortem examination found her body to contain high levels of tryptase - an indication of anyphalaxis, a severe allergic reaction.

Westminster Coroner's Court heard that sociable Ms Hoborough, who went by her maiden name, first ate the soup on Monday, February 25, before going to the theatre.

Her only apparent reaction to the dish at the time was a slight headache, for which she took some Neurofen.

advertisementMs Hoborough then had more of the prawn soup the evening before she died.

The court heard that in 2006 she suffered an allergic reaction to crab meat, which was so severe she was prescribed an EpiPen - a device used by allergy sufferers to combat anaphylactic shock.

Despite her allegies, the Wandsworth Council administrator had a pet cat.

But, until her death, she never seemed to have a problem with prawns, a fact coroner Dr Paul Knapman called "extraordinary".

He described allergies and anyphalaxis as imprecise conditions, and said the most logical explanation was that Ms Hoborough suffered a biphasic, or secondary, reaction to the prawns.

He said: "Quite how that could have been anticipated I don't know. There must be 100s of thousands of people who are allergic to seafood. Why aren't they all dying?"

Recording a verdict of misadventure, Dr Knapman added: "This has been a terrible tragedy for all concerned. Our sympathy goes out to members of the family."

After the inquest, Ms Hoborough's relatives spoke of their shock at her death.

They described her as "bubbly, outgoing and a great friend" and paid tribute to the support the family has received from friends.

Sister Diane said: "There was no way of knowing this was going to happen. We all miss her a lot."

The family asked for any donations to be made out to Macmillan nurses.


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adult son: severe allergies to milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, coconut, shellfish, mollusks. Eczema,

Posted: May 16th, 2008 at 09:59 pm

This poor woman. She was done a disservice in life by her doctor, and is done a disservice in death by this horrendous article. Just ugh, this article pissed me off.

The cat comment is ridiculous and uncalled for, making it sound like she was frivolous with her allergies and by including it, almost seems like they're comparing cat allergies to FA's. And any doctor that wouldn't warn their patients who have had a life-threatening reaction to shellfish to avoid all shellfish (and Thai food, for that matter) and to use their epi when they are experiencing breathing difficulty deserves to have their license revoked on account of negligence.

The way the world underestimates me will be my greatest weapon. People pat me on the head, and I go to myself, "oh, and aren't they going to be surprised." - Calista Flockhart

Posted: Jul 4th, 2008 at 11:39 am

Man's death a stark reminder of food allergy risks

By Sharon Salyer, Herald Writer

SEATTLE -- Daniel Sargent was at Magnuson Park on Sunday, celebrating a friend's 30th birthday.

About 90 seconds after taking a bite out of a chocolate chip cookie, he collapsed.

By chance, an Everett pulmonologist, a nurse and a medic were attending the party. They administered CPR until aid crews arrived.

Sargent, 30, of Everett, was rushed to Harborview Medical Center. Medical staff battled for two days to help him overcome the complications of anaphylactic shock, an extreme allergic reaction that blocked his breathing and deprived his brain of oxygen.

Doctors tried cooling his body for 24 hours and heavily sedating him, in the hope that his body could rest and recover.

Monday afternoon, his blood pressure skyrocketed and his heart rate dropped. Tuesday evening, two neurologists pronounced Sargent brain dead.

All this, his family said, from taking one bite out of a homemade chocolate chip cookie, one that had just enough peanut butter to trigger his extreme allergic reaction.

Sargent, a Herald employee, was one of about 5,000 people who die each year nationally from anaphylactic shock, which can be triggered by common foods such as peanuts, shellfish and eggs, said Angel Waldron, a spokeswoman for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Peanuts are the most common source of fatal allergic reactions, said Dr. Paul McBride, an allergist at The Everett Clinic.

"Your blood pressure can go to zero while your airways swell closed," he said. "And you have literally less than a minute to deal with it before people pass out. That's why immediate treatment is so crucial."

Otherwise, he said, death can occur within seconds.

Because peanuts are both inexpensive and good sources of protein, they're used as ingredients in many different products, including cookies, candies and pastries.

"It's a lot of products that people just put them in," McBride said.

"The people that are allergic are the ones that have to be vigilant. No one else will pay attention for them."

Sargent's family said they hope their loss is a reminder of how important it is to label food containing common allergens, even at picnics and other community events.

"I don't want another parent to have to go through this," said David Sargent, Daniel's father. "It's been proven that peanuts can drop you quick.

"You may be the world's greatest cook, but if it has peanuts in it, please label it. It can kill somebody."

Daniel Sargent, who graduated from Snohomish High School in 1996, worked at The Herald as a sports writer, covering soccer and high school sports. He also worked as a medical assistant for Skagit Valley Medical Center in Mount Vernon.

A memorial service is planned for later this month, his sister, Penny Sargent said.

His life-long interest in soccer began at age 5 when he first began playing the sport.

He began coaching for the Snohomish County Youth Soccer Club when he was 18 and continued his volunteer work for more than a decade.

He also participated with an indoor soccer organization in Snohomish as a coach, player and referee, his sister said.

The family first learned of his severe peanut allergy when he was three months old. A little peanut oil on his skin caused a rash and blisters, his father said.

And when he was a little older, a small piece of chocolate candy containing peanut butter caused blistering in his month.

"We worked to keep peanut butter and peanut oils away from him," his dad said.

The family always kept an EpiPen at the house, an emergency shot of adrenaline that can be injected in an instant to counteract severe allergic reactions.

As an adult, his son decided not to carry one with him, he said, instead trying to be vigilant about what he was eating and having an over-the-counter allergy medicine close at hand

"This time, it just came too fast, too quick, and too deadly," his dad said.

Daniel Sargent had listed his desire to be an organ donor on his driver's license. On Friday, his heart was used in transplant surgery at the University of Washington, his sister said. His liver, kidneys and corneas also will be donated.

"Daniel was a very caring person," she said. "Giving the gift of life to other people is what he wanted to do."

Food dangers

Foods that commonly cause anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction in children, include: eggs, peanuts, wheat and milk. In adults, it's shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts and other legumes.

Stings from bees, wasps, yellowjackets, and hornets also can cause anaphylaxis.

Source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

For more information, check the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's Web site at and click on the food allergies link.

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Last Edited by JR Jul 4th, 2008 at 11:40 am


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adult son: severe allergies to milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, coconut, shellfish, mollusks. Eczema,

Posted: Jul 13th, 2008 at 08:07 am

Maltby youngster dies after eating chocolate

A MALTBY Comprehensive student with a severe peanut allergy has died after eating a chocolate bar.
Sixteen-year-old Dexter Skinner, who had just finished taking his GCSEs, spent two days in ICU at Rotherham Hospital suffering from anaphylactic shock.

His parents, from Maltby, say they are puzzled by how mountain biker Dexter came to bite into the fatal snack, because he was aware of the foods he was allergic to.

They are also keen to trace and thank two men who called 999 and gave him first aid when he collapsed in Swinton on the morning of Monday 30th June.

"If anyone knows these people, Dexter's parents would like to pass on their heartfelt thanks and gratitude," said a family spokesman.

Dexter - described as an 'inspiration' by Maltby Comprehensive headteacher David Sutton - intended to return to the Braithwell Road school in September to continue his education.

"All the staff and students who knew Dexter are deeply saddened," said Mr Sutton. "He was a popular young man who worked hard in and out of school to become successful."

Tribute sites have appeared online, with many of the 16-year-old's friends leaving messages for him.

"It's hit me hard and all I want to do is cry," said friend-of-nine-years Scotty Swaby on the Facebook group page 'RIP Dexter Skinner'.

Gillian Higgins, a neighbour of Dexter's, wrote: "I have seen you grow into a lovely handsome lad. You will be sadly missed on our street. Not seeing you riding up and down the street with your brother will be strange. God bless you Dexter."

Dexter's funeral will be held at St Bartholomew's Church, Maltby, at 11.30am on Tuesday, followed by a private cremation.

Anyone with information about the men who helped the youngster after he collapsed can contact Georgina Hill at Maltby Comprehensive on 01709 812864.


Posted: Jul 13th, 2008 at 01:41 pm

Here is a video made in his honor...

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Posted: Jul 13th, 2008 at 03:34 pm

My heart aches whenever I read this thread.

Last Edited by PeanutMilitia Jul 13th, 2008 at 03:39 pm

Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.

I am not a lawyer or a doctor. Trying not to play one on this board, but would love to play one on T.V.

Posted: Jul 13th, 2008 at 11:25 pm


I spell bad and am not a medical professional.

DS(1 and only) - PA,
Ddog - allergic to wheat - on gf raw food

Posted: Jul 19th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

A foundation in memory of Paul Thurston who died in jail in April of this year


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adult son: severe allergies to milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, coconut, shellfish, mollusks. Eczema,
Posted: Jul 24th, 2008 at 06:19 pm

A rare and very sad story of Brian Adair, a boy taken by Celiac Disease in 2003:

I read this story some time ago when I was first researching Celiac Disease. It really got my attention because some of the descriptions of Brian remind me of my own Celiac son.

This is not a death from anaphylaxis - but still a "fatal food reaction." I questioned whether to post it here, but since our board has grown to include many Celiacs, I thought it might be okay. More awareness is needed.

Last Edited by April in the US Jul 30th, 2008 at 04:27 pm

Mom of 3 AWESOME boys

* Me: Celiac
* DS1 (8): IgE allergies Peanut (ana), Soy, & Pork; also Celiac Disease (gluten), Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis & Colitis, on gastrocrom
* DS2 (4): NKA, gluten-free diet, mild Eos., outgrew milk allergy
* DS3 (2): Neocate plus tolerated foods, Celiac, no IgE allergies, lots of intolerances, doing well

Posted: Jul 24th, 2008 at 08:33 pm

I'll delet this to keep the consistency of the thread, but we're missing someone who died recently--shellfish in Georgia--if anyone has that information.

"Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic. They are potent forms of enchantment, rich with the power to hurt or heal."~Albus Dumbledore

Me: shellfish, chamomile, sesame and a few odds & ends
DS: peanuts

Posted: Jul 24th, 2008 at 09:33 pm

The memorial is in place on page one of this thread (picture and cause of death). Were you looking for an actual story? I found one...

Wife: Man who died didn't order crab dish

No criminal charges will be filed

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 07/07/08

A spokesman for Ruby Tuesday says a man who died of a shellfish allergy at its Lovejoy restaurant last week was served the dish he ordered.

Rodney "Krook" Hawkins' wife disputes the Maryville, Tenn.-based chain's account, saying -- through a family representative -- that her husband did not order the Chicken Oscar entree, which contains crab meat. Linda Hawkins accompanied her husband to the restaurant.

"She hopes that Ruby Tuesday accepts responsibility and does whatever is necessary to see that this doesn't happen again," said Chicago attorney Joseph Leonardi, speaking on behalf of the Hawkins family.

Hawkins, 35, collapsed and went into anaphylactic shock Thursday night soon after consuming the shellfish at the Ruby Tuesday on Tara Boulevard, according to an autopsy conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The welder and aspiring rapper was rushed to Southern Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead a half hour later.

Investigators have suggested a mix-up in the dinner order, but won't file any criminal charges.

"He had ordered the Chicken Fresco and the Chicken Oscar was brought out by mistake," said GBI spokesman John Bankhead.

Ruby Tuesday said its own review revealed no such error.

"Our investigation of this incident, which includes interviews with the server and manager on duty and the collection of their written notes of what occurred, clearly indicates that the guest ordered Chicken Oscar, a dish that contains crab meat," Rick Johnson, a spokesman for the company, said in a statement sent to the AJC on Tuesday.

"The server's order pad and the ticket to the kitchen also verify the accuracy of the order."

The two dishes, restaurant officials point out, differ significantly in appearance. Chicken Fresco is topped with a tomato slice and chopped green herbs, while Chicken Oscar has crab meat and asparagus spears.

"She [the. server] is very clear that he repeated more than one time that Chicken Oscar was his choice," said Johnson, whose company has more than 25 metro Atlanta locations. "We don't believe there was any confusion on her part. Had he been confused . . . when the dish was brought to the table it would be been clearly visible to him that it had crab meat on it."

Virginia Hawkins said in a phone interview from her Momence, Ill., home that her brother was allergic to shellfish since childhood. She said he moved from Illinois to metro Atlanta to pursue a rap music career.

Anaphylaxis occurs when a trigger activates immune cells, which then release large amounts of multiple substances, including histamine, into the bloodstream, according to, an online community for physicians. An estimated 500 to 1,000 people die annually from severe cases.

News Researcher Sharon Gaus contributed to this report

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