Boston Herald:Penning a thank-you: Mother of allergic tot `grateful\' for hero nurse

Posted on: Sat, 06/26/2004 - 8:24pm
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Penning a thank-you: Mother of allergic tot `grateful' for hero nurse
By Kevin Rothstein
Sunday, June 27, 2004

The ``mystery nurse'' who anonymously saved a tot in the throes of an allergic reaction to peanuts plans to meet the boy's mother tomorrow, but insists she's no hero.

``All I did was what I hope anybody would do if another mom or somebody was in distress,'' Jane Turi, a Newburyport nurse and mother of three, said yesterday.

By administering the epinephrine, Turi, 37, possibly saved the life of 3-year-old Anthony Farago of Salisbury, who had gone into shock after eating peanut butter on Plum Island June 9.

As her son succumbed to his allergy, Farago's frantic mother, Robin, began yelling if anyone had an EpiPen, a device which would deliver the lifesaving hormone.

Turi was on a field trip to Plum Island with her daughter's class, and happened to have an EpiPen. By the time she got to the boy he had vomited and was crying hard.

``I just tried to tell him he was brave and he would be OK, just to calm down and breathe,'' Turi said.

The boy's mother never learned the name of the ``mystery nurse'' until the story was publicized. They have since spoken on the phone, but Robin is looking forward to finally meeting.

``I probably will just give her a hug and take that opportunity to again let her know . . . how grateful we are she was there at the right time and the right place,'' she said.

Now the two moms plan to launch a campaign to make people more aware about using the life-saving EpiPens.

Posted on: Sun, 06/27/2004 - 6:32am
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Great article! It's too bad the little boy had to go through that, but it's wonderful that he is okay, and that a lot of good may come from it.
Terri

Posted on: Mon, 06/28/2004 - 8:26am
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I saw this story on the local news last night, and it raised more questions than it answered.
Was this his first reaction to peanuts? If so, not having an epipen is understandable. But, if they knew he was allergic, WHERE WAS HIS EPI????? They were very lucky that nurse was there, and that she happened to have an Epipen. I'd love to have more details. I searched the Boston Globe, which usually has more in depth stories, but came up with nothing.

Posted on: Tue, 06/29/2004 - 2:59pm
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Linking to CBS Early Show story on same subject.
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Posted on: Tue, 06/29/2004 - 8:02pm
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The article I read in the Daily News, a local paper in a neighboring town, said taht the boy's epi-pen was in the car!! I'm so glad the boy was OK but...
Is it me or anyone else a bit annoyed with this story? I'm not sure why it is bothering me so much. I've seen other articles in other papers since and couldn't read them.
Is it because i can't imagine a parent taking that kind of risk with their child's life?
Is it because I feel like I've got enough of a my own battle to get people to realize that we need to take this seriously - that I'm doing my part and I need them to do theirs - to be careful when handling PB because you never know when a PA person is going to be around (e.g. wash after eating it/don't leave wiped clean utensils around, etc).
And if the epi was indeed left in the car, I feel like that sets my "cause" back a bit. I don't want anyone (which I can imagine coming from those who are begrudgingly careful (e.g. due to a classroom situation)) making blanket generalizations that "we", as in the PA population, do not take responsibility for ourselves.

Posted on: Tue, 06/29/2004 - 11:04pm
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Laurensmom, I've felt a little uneasy about the whole thing too. On the one hand, it was clear that the epi saved a child's life -so the seriousness of the allergy came through. And the wonderful outcome and thankfulness were very poignant. It was undoubtedly a very important story.
I think I was unsettled by the circumstances around the other child who was on the field trip, the one that did have the epi. Things like, why wasn't the epi nearby instead of being kept on a (hot?) school bus. And did the school take those kids home or call for a replacement? Or was that child unprotected then? How would I feel if my child's epi was not available? None of those circumstances would have been in the paper, so can't know.
Obviously, not saying it shouldn't have been used, definitely it should have. I think I was unsettled by the other child's situation, maybe because it relates more to my own (school age and field trips). Oh selfish one that I am. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I also think it's these, we were so lucky stories that make me lose sleep at night. Anybody can forget an epi, things like that.

Posted on: Thu, 07/01/2004 - 11:48pm
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Apparently leaving the epi-pen in the car wasn't the mother's only risky action.
The pb was given to the child by the mother's friend - who didn't know about his allergy. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img] This was on a Canadian news station.

Posted on: Sat, 07/03/2004 - 9:48am
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This also goes with another thread we had a while back...
If you have your epi on you, and you see someone having an allergic reaction, do you give the epi? it's a prescription drug, you're not a doctor. Granted in this case, it's a nurse, that may be different than if it's anyone of us (nurses excluded [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] )
I once had a dream about this. Giving the epi to save someone, and ending up misdiagnosing. It wasn't an allergic reaction, and the epi made things worse. (it was only a dream, thank goodness!)

Posted on: Sat, 07/03/2004 - 12:42pm
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darthcleo, in this case, the mother was screaming for an epi-pen. And the nurse said she had one, did the mother want her to inject it. (This was what the mother said when she was being interviewed.)
If someone said to me that they or their child was having a serious allergic reaction and they didn't have their epi - yes, I would offer mine. (Keep in mind - I carry two adult, and my son carries one jr. in the summer I carry his extra jr. I think I have enough to give one away without taking any personal risk.)
But, if the person didn't know about epi and didn't know they were having an allergic reaction - I don't know what I would do. Would I know for certain it was an allergy? Could it be something else? I just can't say.

Posted on: Sat, 07/03/2004 - 9:43pm
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This never ceases to amaze me. My daughter was in a camp last week (she is 4) and they grouped all seriously allergic children together so that they could have one full-time adult counselor along to carry and administer epi pens. The thing is, there were 5 peanut allergic children and only 3 even had epi pens to bring.
That always ticks me off. What are these parents thinking? They are endangering their children and making the rest of us look hysterical. GRRRRRRRRR.

Posted on: Fri, 07/16/2004 - 8:23pm
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I have left my son's epi-pen in the car before. I have handed him food he wasnt supposed to have (not peanuts containing food) but without thinking I gave him a bite of cheeseburger the other day (MA). We all do the best we can do. I dont think she will be forgetting the epi-pen again. I dont think the story makes parent so kids with PA look silly or anything. I think it just drives home the seriousness of the allergy and that it is VERY important to be prepared.

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