Pa death in Boston area

Posted on: Thu, 11/04/2004 - 1:19pm
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I posted this on Media section too.

On channel 7 news tonight. A girl died after eating a dessert with peanuts(she didn't know) in it and died on the way to the hospital. Apparently, per the news report, she immediately tried rinsing her mouth, then was being transported to the hospital(I think by her friends, but not sure) and died.

It is not clear if she had an epipen.

How sad. I want to know more. I pray for her family and friends. becca

Posted on: Thu, 11/04/2004 - 10:08pm
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This is so sad. :-( I hate to say it but I am glad when they put these stories on the news because I hope that it may touch just one person out there so that they realize how serious this is!! I hope that I don't sound like a terrible person.

Posted on: Fri, 11/05/2004 - 12:20am
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How very sad. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Robin, you don't sound like a terrible person. You are not wishing evil on anyone - just hoping some good can come out of a bad situation.

Posted on: Fri, 11/05/2004 - 12:35am
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Well, 5yo dd saw a commercial blurb for it this morning. It is in their headlines that they report on breaks from the Today Show. I needed to explain that she died from eating peanuts, to my 5yo. But it was an opportunity to explain that we can die crossing the street every day, so we watch for cars, we can die from peanuts so we carry epipens and take care with what we eat. She seemed okay, and I guess it put some more meaning into her allergy. She was too young to remember eating PB and her reactions, which were relatively minor and not anaphylactic.
I imagine there may be a more in-depth story with all the attention they are giving it each hour. I need to check the paper today. becca

Posted on: Fri, 11/05/2004 - 12:49am
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[url="http://www.boston.com/news/globe/obituaries/articles/2004/11/01/rachael_brennan_gatto_22_a_waitress/"]http://www.boston.com/news/globe/obituaries/articles/2004/11/01/rachael_brennan_gatto_22_a_waitress/[/url]
This is her. Looks like it was Nov. 1, but they were reporting it last night as if it had just happened. Not much info. So sad. becca

Posted on: Thu, 12/02/2004 - 11:21am
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Hi... I know this is out of the blue, and I probably shouldn't pull this up again because it's relatively old. I searched Rachael's name to find any articles that had been written about her and found this board. Rachael was my cousin, and as close to a sister as I had.
This probably sounds like an unlikely story, heh. I wasn't expecting to actually find anything on her.
But I wanted to say thank you. As much as it's killing me right now to know I'll never see her again, I really appreciate that you've talked about it a little, and that people really do know how serious the allergy is. I'm not sure if most of the people here have peanut allergies themselves, or if it's just someplace to help inform people... but I think it's extremely important either way.
I'm sorry if I seem scattered. I miss Rachael more than I can possibly say... but I know more about allergies than I ever have before. And I celebrate Rachael's life so much.
~Hailey

Posted on: Thu, 12/02/2004 - 11:42am
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Hi Hayley.
I'm sorry you had to go through this. Here's a cyber-hug for you... {Hayley}.
Most of us here either have life-threatening allergies, or have children suffering from these. Some have both, like me. I react to shellfish, my son to peanuts, chickpeas and soy.
So Rachel's fate is something we all fear. Again, I'm sorry for Rachael, and I'm sorry for your loss.

Posted on: Thu, 12/02/2004 - 11:45am
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Hailey, I'm so sorry about your loss. This board was deeply affected by Rachel's passing (there is another thread here related to it as well). Thank you for posting. Wishing you some comfort and peace, in time.

Posted on: Thu, 12/02/2004 - 12:07pm
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I've always known Rachael's allergy was severe. I remember when she was babysitting my brother and me one time (she and I are a few years apart), I had her close her eyes and I was going to bring her a "surprise". I found peanuts and brought them to her. She immediately asked if I had brought her peanuts (she hadn't touched them yet) and I said yes, and she reminded me that she couldn't eat them. I haven't done anything like it since. It's amazing, though, how many people don't know how severe peanut allergies are. I spend a lot of my time thinking about how I can help inform people; I wonder how much I can do.
I did find the other thread and I read it; it's amazing how so many people can be affected by one person. That was Rachael's way. Thank you, again.
Someone mentioned that it wasn't clear if Rachael had an epipen. She didn't at the time. But when my mother and aunt were cleaning her apartment, they found plenty of them.
Another long, rambling message, haha. Sorry. Thanks for your messages, and be well.
Hailey

Posted on: Thu, 12/02/2004 - 12:11pm
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So sorry for your loss. I will say a little prayer for her..
Pam

Posted on: Thu, 12/02/2004 - 12:36pm
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Hailey-
So sorry for your loss. I, like others have mentioned, am going to tell my daughter about Rachel. I know it doesn't help, but if it can prevent another tragedy it may give you and the rest of her family a small bit of comfort. My daughter is 4 and is also PA.
Paula

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