New Law

Posted on: Fri, 04/09/2004 - 6:00am
Lovey's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/22/2004 - 09:00

I found this article about a new law in Michigan.

[url="http://www.lsj.com/columnists/schneider/040409_john_1b.html"]http://www.lsj.com/columnists/schneider/040409_john_1b.html[/url]

Schneider: DeWitt boy with allergy helps change law

DEWITT - A doughnut put 10-year-old Jacob Moccia in the hospital Wednesday.

Jacob, a student at Scott Elementary School in DeWitt, is well aware of his allergies and would never eat a peanut-covered doughnut. But apparently the one he ate had, at some point in its journey, come in contact with peanuts.

His mother, Leslie Anne Green of DeWitt, called it "cross-contamination." That mere brush with peanuts was enough to produce the symptoms - hives, facial swelling, runny nose and, ultimately, a life-threatening closing of airways. Jacob spent about two hours in the hospital, his mother said.

Because he's on spring break, the severe allergic reaction - called anaphylaxis - happened at home. And if Jacob had been at school that day, and the doughnut had been part of his lunch?

Well, Green described one incident in which school officials misinterpreted Jacob's symptoms as the onset of a routine illness. In fact, they were evidence of a severe allergic reaction.

"By the time I got there, it was really serious," Green said.

Self-defense

Jacob recently helped the Michigan Legislature pass a bill that will allow students who suffer severe allergic reactions to perform first aid on themselves.

With written permission from their doctors and parents, students in both public and private schools will be able to pack epin-ephrine auto--injectors - commonly known by the brand name EpiPens - and use them at school.

An EpiPen resembles a ballpoint pen with a needle on one end.

It delivers the correct dosage of medicine through an injection, usually in the thigh.

The bill was introduced by State Rep. Marc Shulman, R-West Bloomfield. Jacob's grandmother, Barb Robinson of Lansing, took an interest in the bill. She contacted Shulman's office to offer her support and told one of the representative's aides about Jacob.

One thing led to another and soon Jacob was recruited to testify before committees of both the House and Senate.

"He had a huge impact," Green said.

In an e-mail to me, Robinson, a self-acknowledged "very proud grandmother," wrote:

"It helped tremendously for the representatives and senators to actually see a child whose life this bill will impact.

"I can positively say Jacob has made a difference for schoolchildren in Michigan."

Against the law

At the moment, state law prohibits students from carrying EpiPens to school. They can bring the devices and leave them with the school staff, but the new law would assure more timely application, which is crucial for a person experiencing an anaphylactic reaction.

Two common causes of reactions are peanuts and insect stings.

Last September, I wrote about an 8-year-old student at a Lansing school who nearly died after being stung by a bee or wasp at recess.

Elizabeth Boyd, spokeswoman for Gov. Jennifer Granholm, said Thursday that the governor is expected to make the bill a law.

Green said Jacob hopes to be on hand for the signing.

What do you think? Call John Schneider at 377-1175, send a fax to 377-1298 or e-mail [email]jschneid@lsj.com[/email]. Include your name, phone number, city, town or township.

Posted on: Fri, 04/09/2004 - 6:12am
MommaBear's picture
Offline
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Lovey:
[b]Well, Green described one incident in which school officials misinterpreted Jacob's symptoms as the onset of a routine illness. In fact, they were evidence of a severe allergic reaction.
"By the time I got there, it was really serious," Green said.
[/b]
[i]holy dejavu.[/i]
[b]Been There. Had that Done To Me.[/b]

Posted on: Fri, 04/09/2004 - 9:01am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Is the child, regardless of age, expected to administer the Epi-pen him/herself? Or, does the bill simply give the child the right to have his/her Epi-pen on his body where other people can find it quicker?
I don't expect my 8 year old to self-inject.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
------------------

Peanut Free Store

More Articles

There are many reasons why you may want to substitute almond flour for wheat flour in recipes. Of course, if you have a...

Are you looking for peanut-free candies as a special treat for a child with...

Do you have a child with peanut allergies and an upcoming birthday? Perhaps you'd like to bake a...

Most nut butters provide all the same benefits: an easy sandwich spread, a great dip for veggies, a fun addition to a smoothie. But not...

Do you have a sweet tooth and more specifically a chocolate craving? Those with peanut allergies must...