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By momma2boys on Thu, 04-29-04, 11:28

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STUDENT DIES DAYS AFTER 'REACTION' TO SANDWICH

09:00 - 29 April 2004

An Aberdeen student has died days after apparently suffering an allergic reaction to a sandwich. Amanda Mills, 19, began having breathing problems after biting into the sandwich and was taken to hospital after collapsing in the street. Doctors tried to save her, but she died five days later. The teenager was always very careful about what she ate as she knew she had allergies. But it is feared the sandwich she bit into might have contained a trace of nuts, bringing on a relatively rare condition known as anaphylactic shock. Speaking last night at their home in the city's Kingshill Avenue, in the Midstocket area, Amanda's parents said their daughter was an "angel" and that her death had left them devastated. They also praised a security guard and a passer-by who helped Amanda, when she collapsed near Aberdeen College, where she studied, last Wednesday lunchtime. "There was a security officer and someone in a white works van who gave Amanda assistance at the time, and we are truly grateful to them," said Mr Mills. Amanda was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after collapsing in the Gallowgate, but lost her fight for life on Monday. A former pupil of Aberdeen Grammar School, Amanda had been studying for an HNC in social sciences at the college. She also worked part time as a front-door receptionist at Aberdeen's Nazereth House, which is run by nuns. Her mother said last night: "We have just come back from Amanda's work. "They said she was an angel, and that's what she was." At Nazareth House, Sister Superior Eileen said: "Amanda was a really lovely girl, you would never hear a bad word about her. She was so helpful. "There was not a dry eye in the house when we heard, as she was loved by everyone. "We heard it happened after she had a sandwich for lunch. "She was always very careful about what she ate because of allergies. It is a young life taken away." A statement from Aberdeen College said: "Our thoughts are very much with Amanda's family and friends at this saddest of times. "Amanda will be greatly missed by her fellow students and by the staff who had the privilege of teaching and supporting her during her time at the college." A colleague in Amanda's class said: "She was really popular and was well-spoken and pretty - it is really sad." A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman confirmed yesterday that a young female was picked up at 1.45pm last Wednesday near Aberdeen College. He said she had "breathing problems possibly caused by an allergic reaction" and was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Amanda's entry in her sixth-year yearbook said she was also known to friends as Mandy, Manda, Miranda and Buffy. It read: "With her blonde hair, blue eyes and 'shy' personality, Amanda looks the picture of innocence. "However, all her best pals know that first impressions can be deceiving. "From first year through to sixth, Amanda has always been up for a party, and she's usually the life and soul of it. "She's always been there to lend a sympathetic ear and would do anything for her friends. "Good luck Mandy". Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction, with only a handful of confirmed deaths each year. The whole body is affected, often within minutes of exposure but sometimes after hours. Peanut allergies and nut allergies are frequently severe and for that reason have received widespread publicity. Other causes of anaphylaxis include insect stings. The Anaphylaxis Campaign expressed its sorrow when told of Amanda's death. Anaphylaxis Campaign director David Reading said: "We are very shocked to hear about this. "Although this is shocking and scary, the message is to have a proper diagnosis, see your GP and go to an allergy clinic. "The risks can be minimised." The Anaphylaxis Campaign can be contacted for advice on its helpline, 01252 542029.

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By katiee on Thu, 04-29-04, 13:06

I am at a loss for words. How truly sad.

Katiee

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By jtolpin on Thu, 04-29-04, 14:20

Ugh. Its always hard to read these stories.

The story said, she was always careful with what she ate.

Did she carry an epi pen? Did the ambulance service that picked her up at 1:45? When did she eat her lunch?

What happenned the 5 days she was in the hospital?

Poor family...

Jason

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By Kim M on Thu, 04-29-04, 14:31

This is just heartbreaking. Like Jason, I always want more details to see if there was some way it could have been prevented. Although, if she had, and used, her epipen and still died, I'm not sure that's something I want to know.

My prayers go out to her family.

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By robinlp on Thu, 04-29-04, 15:04

This is heartbreaking. I wish the people who would report these stories would give a little more info. Let people know that this can be prevented w/ an Epipen...it sounds like she didn't have an Epipen...plus they weren't specific about what she was eating. Did she buy the sandwich, did someone else prepare it for her? So many unanswered questions that could educate people and maybe save 1 other life out there.

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By on Thu, 04-29-04, 16:22

This is so sad. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

All of the deaths that we have recently read about here on PA.com have been either teenagers or children who are nearing their teenage years.

I also wish that more information was posted with regard to Epi-pen use, etc. just so we could be informed, but, at the end of the day, this beautiful young woman is still not with us.

If anyone finds out any information whatsoever about where to send a sympathy card, could you let me know?

I know it was katiee that posted last time when we could send cards. What a sad thing. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By SeaHint on Thu, 04-29-04, 19:27

Alternative to Mainstream ... I applaud your thoughts about a sympathy card, but I doubt that any of us will find out an address for a card. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

It is so sad that people who are allergic to nuts, legumes, etc. cannot feel safe when purchasing foods ... I know it isn't realistic to have total segregation in production facilties and restaurants ... but we have to (yes, HAVE TO) take risks occasionally, or be trapped in a tiny insular world.

Over the years, I have increased the list of things which I will risk eating ... still a risk, but - as an adult - I have to make choices and not be overly "worried", or I'd go mad. I have been called "paranoid" by my family, but THEY don't have the allergy!!

Be safe, all!

[This message has been edited by SeaHint (edited April 29, 2004).]

[This message has been edited by SeaHint (edited April 29, 2004).]

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By on Thu, 04-29-04, 20:41

SeaHint, welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Actually, katiee did post an address for a young woman who died within the last year in Ontario, Canada on this board and also, when Nathan Walters died, I remember having the address to send a card to for his family as well. So, it is possible.

Not a *great* thing to have to do, but I know when katiee posted the last address, I group e-mailed it out to all of my PA contacts so that her parents and family would know that their child had not died forgotten.

You touched on a point that I was trying to make under Living with PA to-day about healthy eating and how PA *could* be a positive thing when it comes to that.

If you think about it, when I was a kid (which is quite some time ago), our family didn't go to the restaurant very often. Not because they couldn't afford to go, but simply because life wasn't as fast. We did have take-out of fish and chips on Friday night (and we're not even Catholic) and we did have Chinese Food or Kentucky Fried Chicken once a month or so.

My whole point, and there is nothing that is going to change this, it's a whole societal thing, is that life was a lot slower then. Even when we did have Chinese Food or Kentucky Fried Chicken, Chrikey, there wasn't a drive through.

Of course, in the 1960's, it was really just the beginning of food becoming pre-packaged. I remember when Kraft came out with lasagna in a box. First time I ever tried lasagna. Or their pizza in a box.

It's just sad that when food allergies are on the rise, our world has also gotten to the point where we're spinning around so fast that even for a SAHM (I mean myself, no one else) to make a meal from scratch every day is something that is not happening.

40 years ago, you wouldn't have been considered to be living in an insular world if you weren't eating out all the time or regularly.

Sorry, I should actually have placed this in the other thread, might put it there as well.

I'll see if I can do anything to find an address. I'm betting someone else would have better luck than me.

And again, welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By helenmc on Fri, 04-30-04, 06:09

Such a sad stoy, that chills us all to the bone.

I too was looking for more detail, but I think on reflection that was so I could see if things (like an Epi, or checking the food was safe before eating it) had been neglected (in order to ease y fears). [And Im sure I haven't worded that very well]

Consequently I decided that the details don't mater - a young girl is dead, from the very thing she probably dealt with successfully every over day of her life.

Our heartfelt sympathy and thoughts go to her family.

Geoff & Helen

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By on Fri, 04-30-04, 13:18

Geoff and Helen, I think you worded it just fine. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Even if we had more information that might assuage our fears, then it almost goes to a "blame the victim" scenario which I don't care for. Truth be told, and it has been posted on this board before, people die even when an Epi-pen has been used. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By momma2boys on Fri, 04-30-04, 19:16

Cindy, I emailed the newspaper and asked if there is an address or if they would be willing to forward sympathy cards. I also asked if there will be any follow up articles.

I will let you all know if I get a response.

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By on Fri, 04-30-04, 20:13

momma2boys, thank-you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By e-mom on Sat, 05-01-04, 01:17

This is very sad. I am curious though about the 5 days in the hospital. We always hear how quick death is when someone has an anaphylactic reaction.

I'm sure that we will hear more news soon. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

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By on Sat, 05-01-04, 16:52

e-mom, I'm just speculating, but when I read it, well, no, I can't even post it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By momma2boys on Sat, 05-01-04, 17:00

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DAD CRIES FOR GIRL, 19, KILLED BY SANDWICH Apr 30 2004

A GRIEVING dad yesterday paid tribute to his daughter after she was killed by a sandwich.

Student Amanda Mills, 19, collapsed outside her college as she ate her lunch.

It's believed an allergy triggered an anaphylactic shock.

She died on Monday five days after the attack in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Grahame Mills spoke of his daughter as he prepared for her funeral today.

He said: 'Everyone knew and loved Amanda. She had a large circle of friends.

'She was studying social sciences at Aberdeen College on a one-year course.

'She had ambitions to continue her career in the field of social sciences.'

Amanda, a former pupil of Aberdeen Grammar School, is survived by her father, mum Christian and sister Amy.

Her funeral will be held at Aberdeen Crematorium West Chapel. All her friends have been invited.

An anaphylactic shock is a rare and extreme allergic reaction. The patient suffers breathing problems and their whole body goes into shock, often within minutes.

It can be triggered by certain food ingredients, including nuts.

Amanda, who knew she had allergies, always watched her diet carefully.

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By momma2boys on Sat, 05-01-04, 17:01

Thu 29 Apr 2004

Food reaction kills student

KEN BANKS

A TEENAGER died after apparently suffering an allergic reaction to a sandwich.

Amanda Mills, 19, started having breathing problems after biting into the food last Wednesday.

She was taken to hospital where medical teams battled to save her, but the teenager - described as a "beautiful little angel" by those close to her - lost her fight on Monday.

The Aberdeen College student was careful about what she ate, as she knew she had allergies. However, the sandwich she bit into may have contained a trace of something such as nuts, causing an extreme allergic reaction known as anaphylactic shock.

This article:

[url="http://news.scotsman.com/aberdeen.cfm?id=482962004"]http://news.scotsman.com/aberdeen.cfm?id=482962004[/url]

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By momma2boys on Sun, 05-02-04, 14:14

This article almost gives an address, don't know if its usable enough to get a card to her family.

AMANDA,19, KILLED BY HER SANDWICH Apr 29 2004

Student dies after taking just one bite

By Bob Dow

A TEENAGE girl has been killed by one bite of a sandwich.

Student Amanda Mills, 19, collapsed as she ate lunch in the street outside her college.

Pals and passing shoppers tried to help her as she struggled to breathe and a driver jumped from his van to come to her aid.

But Amanda died in hospital five days later. It is believed she suffered an allergic reaction to something in the sandwich.

Friends said she knew she was at risk from allergies and always took care with her diet.

Amanda was a part-time receptionist at Nazareth House, an old folk's home run by nuns in Aberdeen.

One of the nuns, Sister Superior Eileen, said yesterday: 'There was not a dry eye in the house whenwe heard.

'Amanda was a little angel. She was very pretty, stunning and so helpful.Everyone loved her.

'We heard it happened after she had a sandwich for lunch.

'She was always very careful about what she ate because of her allergies.'

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman confirmed that a young female was picked up near Aberdeen College at 1.45pm last Wednesday.

He said the patient had 'breathing problems,possibly caused by an allergic reaction' and was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

It is believed Amanda suffered a rare and extreme allergic reaction known as anaphylactic shock.

The condition can be triggered by tiny traces of foods including nuts. The patient's whole body can go into shock, often within minutes.

Victims are often in their teens or 20s. Promising Scots runner Ross Baillie, 21, died in 1999 from eating a sandwich that contained nut oil.

Amanda's family were comforting each other in Aberdeen yesterday. One relative said: 'She was beautiful.

'The family would like to thank those who assisted Amanda at the scene. We are very grateful.'

Amanda, of Kingshill Avenue, Aberdeen, was studying for an HNC in social sciences after leaving the city's Grammar School.

Aberdeen College released a statement saying: 'Our thoughts are very much with Amanda's family and friends at this saddest of times.

'Amanda will be greatly missed by her fellow students and by the staff who had the privilege of teaching and supporting her.'

Amanda was known as Buffy by school pals at Aberdeen Grammar. Her yearbook entry from sixth year says: 'Amanda has always been there to lend a sympathetic ear and would do anything for her friends.

'Her chirpy personality will bring her even more friends and success in whatever she does.'

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By momma2boys on Mon, 05-03-04, 19:21

HUNDREDS TURN OUT FOR FUNERAL OF STUDENT AMANDA

LOUISE HOSIE

09:00 - 03 May 2004

Family and friends of Aberdeen student Amanda Mills remembered the teenager at her funeral on Saturday.

Hundreds of mourners attended the city crematorium's West Chapel, where they were told they should cherish their memories of the 19-year-old.

Amanda, of the city's Kingswells Avenue, died after apparently suffering an allergic reaction to a sandwich.

During the funeral, some of Amanda's friends clutched single flowers and wept, supporting each other through the 45-minute service.

The Rev John Anderson told Amanda's parents, Grahame and Christian, sister Amy, her grandparents and her boyfriend Chris, that to be remembered you did not have to live to an old age.

"Amanda will be treasured. She will be cherished because of the kind of person she was," he said.

He added that if anyone had a dry eye at the service, they must have a "heart of stone", but as well as grieving, they should also celebrate the 19 years of Amanda's life. Mr Anderson went on to mention Amanda's various nicknames, including "Buffy", and how she was always drinking Ribena.

The large congregation, some of whom were standing, sang For the Beauty of the Earth and The Lord's My Shepherd.

Later, Mr Anderson read a letter written by Amanda's sister, Amy. She described Amanda as her best friend, who would always listen to her problems and little stories.

At the end of the service, Amanda's boyfriend laid a flower on her coffin. A floral wreath, spelling out "Doll" had also been placed at the front.

Those who turned out to pay their respects included nuns from Nazareth House where Amanda worked part-time as a receptionist. William Johnston, the rector at Amanda's former school, Aberdeen Grammar, was also present, along with staff from the city college, where she had been studying for an HND in social sciences.

Amanda was outside the city college on the Gallowgate when she began having breathing problems after biting into a sandwich. She was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary but died five days later.

Amanda was very careful about what she ate. It is thought the sandwich she bit into contained nut traces, bringing on a relatively rare condition known as anaphylactic shock.

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By momma2boys on Thu, 11-04-04, 20:07

raising for Jason

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By am071 on Tue, 12-20-05, 09:46

Hey thanks for everyones sympathy etc
that was my sister
wierd how so many people know all that stuff that happened
but thanks anyway.

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By on Tue, 12-20-05, 14:53

am071, we are all so sorry for your loss.

Thank you for taking the time to post. I hope your family is now in a place where thinking and talking about Amanda brings happy memories.

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By on Tue, 12-20-05, 16:04

am071, if you don't mind talking about what happened, there are some questions that run through our minds whenever this happens.

Did your sister carry an epi-pen? Was it used immediately?

I hope you understand that this is NOT about blaming anyone. The more knowledge we have, the better we are prepard to protect ourselves and/or our children.

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By am071 on Tue, 12-20-05, 16:06

My sister didnt carry an epi-pen, because she was refused one.
But we were told that even if she did have one on her and used it, it wouldnt have helped as the reaction was so severe.

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By on Tue, 12-20-05, 16:25

I know she knew about her allergies - were previous reactions anaphylactic?

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By becca on Tue, 12-20-05, 17:46

am071, I am so sorry for your loss. Becca

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By notnutty on Tue, 12-20-05, 18:41

am071: I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for taking the time to post on this Board. Take Care,

Donna

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By am071 on Tue, 12-20-05, 21:31

if amanda ever came up against peanuts her lips would swell up and and her eyes and mouth would get really itchy..sometimes her asthma would play up, but nothing her inhaler or nebuliser, or even piriton couldnt sort out.
Nothing ever as severe as anaphylaxis had ever happened to her.

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By Adele on Wed, 12-21-05, 02:36

AM071, We are a community here and every death from food allergy hits hard. My thoughts go out to you and your family.

Do you mind if I ask if the sandwich had nuts in it?
Was the source of the reaction tracked down?

Adele

[This message has been edited by Adele (edited December 20, 2005).]

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By am071 on Wed, 12-21-05, 15:57

no the sandwich didnt contain nuts, but we were starting to wonder if it could have been a bite of a muffin she also had..but apparently neither of them contained nuts so it may just have been near something in the counter that actually did contain nuts.
her asthma was also bad at the time which made matters worse.

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By am071 on Wed, 12-21-05, 15:59

we know where the the food was bought..but there is nothing we can do about it because behind the counter there is a sign saying some food may contain nuts, but its hardly noticable.

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By am071 on Wed, 12-21-05, 16:01

im not even sure if it was there before it happened.

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By toomanynuts on Wed, 12-21-05, 16:58

I am so sorry for your loss. Thank You for sharing. I know it must be hard for you right now and I am sorry for that, too. Keep in touch with us if you ever just want to talk.

toomanynuts

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By LaurensMom on Wed, 12-21-05, 17:03

This is the first I have heard about your sister. She sounds like a beautiful person.

Adele spoke the truth when she said, "We are a community here and every death from food allergy hits hard."

Every death takes a small piece of my heart. Yet in a way it makes me stronger in my vigilance which I in turn pass on to my daughter.

I didn't know Amanda but she and your family will forever be in my thoughts and prayers.

In Sympathy,
Andrea

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By on Wed, 12-21-05, 18:06

Whether the sign was there before or after is probably not extemely important. I'm sure your sister was careful all the time anyway.

And over the years, as a group, we have seen that asthma does make reactions worse.

{{{hugs}}}

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