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Boy Killed by Allergic Reaction

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By Jana R on Sat, 06-02-07, 04:18

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Boy killed by allergic reaction to a sweet he didn't even swallow
02.06.07

Mohsen Hussain, 9, died after popping a sweet in his mouth at the family shop
A boy of nine collapsed and died after popping a single sweet into his mouth in the family shop.

Mohsen Hussain, who had a nut allergy and asthma, had chosen the sweet from the pick-and-mix section.

He immediately realised it contained some form of nut and cried out to his father.

"He spat it out straight away and said he was having difficulty breathing," said his father Asif, 34, who was with Mohsen at the family grocery store in Brotton, near Middlesbrough.

"We never had an inkling that something could become so serious in just a few minutes."

Mr Hussain took Mohsen to nearby East Cleveland Hospital just after 6pm on Monday.

He was transferred immediately to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

But doctors there could not save him and he died soon after, leaving his family devastated.

Mohsen had been diagnosed with asthma and a nut allergy at a young age but it had always been kept under control.

The exact type of sweet he ate is not known. It did not contain a peanut but had come into contact with one.

"He loved all his family and everyone loved him," said Mr Hussain.

"He will be very sadly missed. We are a big family and he was close to all his cousins and aunties and uncles.

"We would like to thank everyone in Middlesbrough and also in Brotton who have shared in our grief and helped us at this time.

"We would also like to thank all his young friends and teachers and everyone who contributed to making his short life a very happy and joyful one."

Mr Hussain and his wife Zahira, 29, have two other sons, Raeess, five, and Salman, two.

On the day of the tragedy Mohsen had gone to Brotton with his father and spent the day riding his bike with friends at a local BMX park.

The family will hold a funeral service in Middlesbrough before the burial takes place in Pakistan.

An inquest at Teesside Coroner's Court has been opened and adjourned.

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Schoolboy dies after allergic reaction to sweet
A SCHOOLBOY died from an allergic reaction to a single sweet he had popped into his mouth in the family shop.

Nine-year-old Mohsen Hussain struggled for breath after his nut allergy was triggered by the treat he picked up at the grocery store in Brotton near Middlesbrough.

Mohsen, who also suffered from asthma, immediately realised the sweet contained some form of nut and cried out to his dad Asif.

advertisement"He spat it out straight away and said he was having difficulty breathing," said Asif, 34.

"We never had an inkling that something could become so serious in just a few minutes."

His father rushed him to East Cleveland Hospital in Brotton just after 6pm on Monday and Mohsen was transferred immediately to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

But when they arrived, despite the efforts of the medical team, they were given the grim news that there was nothing more that could be done for the Breckon Hill Primary School pupil.

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Jana

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By McCobbre on Sat, 06-02-07, 05:16

Oh. My heart aches for them.

My DS is 9.

I will think of them and their precious son as I go to sleep tonight.

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By MimiM on Mon, 06-04-07, 20:41

Very sad! It's frightening to hear about these incidences. I noticed that there is no mention of an Epipen nor calling 911.

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By williamsmummy on Mon, 06-04-07, 21:33

another death from a 'mild' allergy person, info from a poorly trained GP I suspect.
If I had a quid from every parent or adult I have met over the years who say they have a mild peanut allergy I would be sitting on a new leather sofa.

Its truly disturbing, heartrending, and even more depressing because this wont be the last person to die , because they were never prescribed an epi- pen.
Its bad enough not to have one with you, but to never have one at all..........makes you cry doenst it?
sarah

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By SallyL on Tue, 06-05-07, 03:37

So sad. My heart aches for them.

It's a good reminder for me when I start to doubt myself about being so vigilant. We were also originally told the allergy was mild. But it seems that most of the PA deaths include the line "we knew about the allergy but were told it was mild". Heartbreaking.

Sadly, this story sounds very familiar - wasn't there another girl from England who died the same way? (eating a sweet, being told the allergy was mild..)

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By polgaberry on Tue, 06-05-07, 13:27

That poor family.

I have a cousin who is a British pediatrician and he says that they are not trained to give epi-pens to children w/PA/TNA unless there is a specific request by a parent. I had a hard time believing this, but he's a practicing pediatrician. He also told me that my ds's anaphylactic reaction was as severe as it would get (swollen lips, hives all over, listless) and I shouldn't worry so much; the next reaction won't be worse. I found this alarming as this is not what my ds's American allergist advised. Basically my cousin thinks that in the US the allergists are over-blowing the PA/TNA "crisis". I completely disagree and think that many people on this forum would also! So my question, I guess to williamsmummy as you must have experience w/this, why is there still so much ignorance in the medical community? How many people have to die? Sorry if I'm rambling, I am just so upset by reading about this little boy's needless death. My SIL watched a friend die due to PA (similar situation, no epi & due to a chocolate bar w/ hidden pn) when she was a teenager, also in the UK.

-- Kate

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By williamsmummy on Tue, 06-05-07, 15:02

The medical support for allergies in the UK is not good. Gp's who were trained 10-15 yrs ago, did not have any education in any form of allergy. If lucky , it was mentioned briefly ( perhaps an hour spent on the subject if very lucky!!)

Add to that , that 'allergy' is not something that UK student docs think is interesting. Its simply not often considered as a choice of medical subjects to speacialise in.
In the past allergy was not something that got big budgets from the NHS , as well as severe lack of medical back up!

Which leaves todays allergic adults and children with a bewildering , constant pass the parcel path. In the hope of finding some medical person who is going to guide , recognise and give correct medical support and advice.
As most allergic people have problems with skin or asthma they are reffered there for help.
For the most part , food allergy care is given by these people who have had no formal training in food allergy. Only what they have picked up over the years from the flood of patients that come through the door.
I for instance have been to see a skin experts( cant remember the name , mind gone blank!!) who insisited that there was no conection between food allergy and ezcema.
In fact she believed it was very rare to have hives from eating a food, and certainly the after effects of extreme hives did not have a link to ezcema.

Most asthma experts preach avoidance, but only give epi-pens if a previous asthma has been severe enough to require it. For the most part, a bout of severe life threatening asthma is not linked to a food cause, despite an obvious common link.
Sometimes a chest doc will run a part time allergy clinic and give skin prick tests, but how the results are handled , depends on the training of the medical person who ordered them.
So it's quite common for a allergy to be dxnosed as mild, ( sometimes just on previous reactions) and to be considered non life threatening.
There are plenty of asthma sufferers with inhalers, with severe food allergy, and have no epi pens.

There is great deal of work being done to support the vast amount of allergic UK children, a new hospital has been opened in london to help.

However , there are no full time pead allergy clinics in wales, scotland, or ireland.
England has 7, and some part time ones, most of them in the south of england.
Many are reffered to london for allergy clinics, but this may require very expensive train travel, and overnight hotel stays. This is behond the purse of many.
Esp when we have such high rates of allergy in young children. 1 in 50 children have a life threatening allergy.

There are many deaths that dont get reported in newspapers, and many that dont get official recognition of the cause, being food allergy.
Our asthma deaths are very high as well.

So this child is not the only one ,and is certainly not the last.

sarah

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By bonestable on Wed, 06-06-07, 01:18

I grew up in England, but my mfa DD was born in the USA, so I only have experience of the allergy treatment here.

However I think the problem in the UK is partly the lack of allergists, as WilliamsMummy discussed, but also the way the NHS health system works.

When my DD had an anaphylactic reaction to milk in the USA, her pediatrician told me not to give her anything with milk in, and one day I would realize she had eaten something with milk in and not reacted, so I would know she had outgrown it. She told me there was no need to see an allergist and no need to do allergy testing, and when I asked about an Epipen she said she was not heavy enough for one so would not give me a prescription.

If I had accepted this, my DD would have been at risk of a more serious reaction, and no Epipen, just like the people we are talking about. So it is not just doctors in the UK who are not well enough educated about allergies or who are not taking allergies seriously.

I was not happy with what our ped said, so I made an appointment with an allergist. I wasn't happy with the allergist we saw, so I found another one. With my insurance all this was easy - I didn't need referrals, and just had to pay copays.

In the UK I think this would be much harder. If your GP told you you did not need to see a specialist, you can't just go and see one like you can here (under many insurance plans) - you need a referral from your GP. And you can't easily get a second opinion from another GP either. Prescriptions are free, but harder to get - I can't imagine many doctors giving you prescriptions for multiple Epipens to keep in different places, due to the cost, borne by the health system.

I am not sure how it all works if you are prepared to pay for appointments privately - I imagine it would then be possible to see an allergist, but it would be expensive and may well involve a long journey and overnight stay.

I am certainly glad I was in the USA and not the UK to get the treatment she has got for her allergies. (although I would rather be there to avoid the overabundance of peanut butter there is round here!)

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By polgaberry on Wed, 06-06-07, 02:18

I appreciate hearing about experiences of those in the UK because my DH & I do discuss moving back there, and ds's PA(& the NHS) is one of many big factors in possibly not moving back. I realise there are problems with MD's in the US as well, it just seems that there are more possible alternatives & resources here than in the UK? But that said, here in WMASS we had a teenager die last year from PA, again w/no epi-pen on hand b/c he didn't realise the potential seriousness of the allergy. I do just cry when I read these stories and feel so awful for the families.

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By bonestable on Wed, 06-06-07, 23:23

Polgaberry - I would hate for concerns about this to stop you moving back to the UK. I think the emergency treatment there is excellent, so I would not be concerned about the response in the event of a reaction. I would not be worried about living there once I had the diagnosis, it is the initial diagnosis and care I would be concerned about.

There are more resources in the US, especially if you have good insurance. However private insurance is available in the UK (not sure if it could cover PA as that would be a pre-existing condition). Also, if you would live within traveling distance of London, there would be specialists available to you.

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By williamsmummy on Thu, 06-07-07, 09:35

If you are thinking on moving to UK, the general opinon from parents and adults who have spent some time in the States comment how easy it is to live in england.
One family I know left USA because of daughters nut allergy, as life was much easier in the UK.

certainly from a school point of view todays UK schools are more allergy aware. For instance our county school meals service has a ban on all foods with nuts, that includes traces.
You would be hard pressed to find any school that doesnt have boxes of epi pens in the first aid room. Teachers are more epi pen aware than many GP's!!!

UK food labeling has improved a great deal in the last 10 years.

This is not to say that things couldnt be better , its just that over the years I have met many people who keep on saying the same things. That living with nut allergies is easyier here.
I suspect I will soon get the chance to compare !

We are going to the States this summer for a three week holiday of a life time.
I have done a little research, and must admit am slightly worried. However, the high rates of allergy world wide mean that the dangers are the same where ever we go. The trick is IMO is to not let the fear of a possible reaction stop your child or your family from embracing life!
Have epi-pens will travel is my motto!

sarah

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By bonestable on Thu, 06-07-07, 12:14

I agree that it seems like living with allergies would be easier in England.

Peanut butter is not a staple - I certainly never ate it growing up.

My sister said at her kids' school they are given details and pictures of all the foods that can't be taken in - including kiwi fruit. She is not aware of any resentment caused by this.

I think most people would think it common sense not to take nuts to a school. When I first moved to the US from England I had no experience with allergies (DD not born yet) and yet I was amazed that they were selling bags of peanut candy to give out to strangers at Halloween. I volunteered in a local elementary schoolwhere pb was a lunch option every day. I remember telling my husband, and saying it must be hard to live with a peanut allergy in this country!

I have considered moving back to the UK rather than dealing with the school systems here, because of the allergies.

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By polgaberry on Thu, 06-07-07, 22:10

Thanks for the advice, Williamsmummy & bonestable. I do appreciate it because while we have relatives & friends in the UK none of them have school-aged children. That's terrific about the schools being so good about FA and of course PB isn't everywhere there like it is here (sometimes I see PB cup wrappers all over the place here, yuck).

I was worried about the NHS, when DH & I lived there we didn't have kids and didn't think about health issues at all. That is great to know that we could possibly purchase private insurance. We don't have to make this decision for a year or two. Our PA ds is only two so that would be terrific if we were back in the UK before he's in kindergarten. I'm dreading the school issue, a lot of things would have to change at the school where he would be going if we stay here and I have a feeling it won't be easy!

I will pass on the UK info to my DH. As an aside, I realize this topic has changed from the original one. I'm pretty new to this forum and have never been on any forum before, so I have a protocol question -- should I have "moved" this conversation to another place (and if so where)? Thanks!

-- kate

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