Summer Fun almost a Tragedy! (Baseball Stadium)

Posted on: Mon, 06/21/1999 - 10:47am
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Hi everyone, My daughter and I recently attended a Major League Baseball game. It started out wonderful, we asked the 2 rows ahead of us and the 2 rows behind us if anyone was going to be eatting Peanuts to please let us know before hand so we could move seats or go walk around or something. Well, the first inning came along everyone was wonderful about not eatting peanuts except one gentleman. He began throwing peanut shells towards my daughter and the nightmare began! My daughter who is severely allergic,that just the fumes set her off went into a full blown allergic reaction, her eyes swelled shut, she had hives head to toe, and her breathing became very labored. I immediately gave her the epi shot ran to the first aid where they gave her 3 shots and we were transported by ambulance to the closest hospitol, where they gave her 3 more shots liquid medications and oxygen then 4 breathing treatments. Please to all of you out there, summer is suppose to be fun and we all want our kids to enjoy everything the other kids enjoy but take all precautions and even take those added extra precautions always bring your epi-pens with you and always be prepared for the idiots that just don't understand the severity of your childs allergy! Kelci is doing fine now it was scarey for all of us everyone including the Pittsburgh Pirates Organization handled everything like true professionals. I just want all of you to be careful this summer! Even if your just going to the store for 2 minutes bring that epi-pen with you , you just never know when! Thank God I had her epi-pen with me or this might havwe been a different story, Please Stay Safe, Have a wonderful summer and give your kids a hug!!

Posted on: Mon, 06/21/1999 - 11:02am
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Teresa,
Your poor daughter..How is she feeling? That guy should feel really bad. Did he see what he did to her? That is so sad you can't even go to a baseball game. You must have been so scared. Hope you all are doing better.

Posted on: Mon, 06/21/1999 - 2:01pm
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Jan, Thanks for asking how we are doing. Kelci is doing really well now, she talks about it alot but its still pretty fresh in her little mind. The guy was kicked out of the game for his actions, plus he was drunk which is no excuse for what he did. The Pirates invited us back to a game of our choice which was really nice. Little scared to go back though, but they said they'll put us in a club box room, that would be safer, I hope. Stay Safe & Thanks!! Teresa

Posted on: Mon, 06/21/1999 - 9:05pm
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Teresa:
That is absolutely terrible what that guy did to your daughter. I can hardly believe how cruel some people can be. He should be charged with some sort of intent to injure, attempted assault or something like that. Thankfully your daughter came through the episode ok.
This episode reminds us all that we can never let down our guard.
Here's a thought: Since the ball club was so understanding and now very aware of the dangers of this allergy, might it be possible for them to help with some type of National public service announcement or commercial featuring one/some of their star players as spokesmen? It would be powerful to have big name players telling the world about our cause.
Stay safe,
Mark

Posted on: Mon, 06/21/1999 - 10:24pm
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Hi Teresa,
Thank you for sharing your horrible experience with us! What in the world is wrong with these people?? Thank God your daughter is okay now.
I think Mark has an excellent idea about a public service announcement and/or commercial about the dangers of this allergy.
Thanks again for sharing your story!
Stay Safe!

Posted on: Mon, 06/21/1999 - 10:30pm
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Hi Teresa. I'm glad your daughter is doing OK. Man, that quy was a JERK!!! I wanted to thank you for posting your message. My husband is obsessed with baseball and has been wanting to take our daughter, but I've been a little scared to. I think I'll print this out and show him! She is just fifteen months old and wants to put everything in her mouth. A ballpark just doesn't seem like a safe place right now. But, we have a connection to get a box every once in awhile. What is everyone's thoughts on this? Shan

Posted on: Tue, 06/22/1999 - 4:01am
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The guy should have been held by the Security. Surely this is a criminal act. if a person knowing endangers another life they should be held accountable. I guess we needa collective plan to handle this eventually, the offender should not be left to walk home free. It's almost like a hit-and-run offense. Any lawyers out there?

Posted on: Tue, 06/22/1999 - 4:33am
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What an awful thing! What about this being a lesson to parks to donate boxes for peanut free sitting for children with this terrible allergy? What about corporations/businesses who would like to do community service and offer help to our very special children? Perhaps the Pirates, feeling the pressure from this incident, could do something to allow children and adults with the PA to view their team without fear of some terrible incident happening again in their stadium????
Good luck and thanks for the post.

Posted on: Tue, 06/22/1999 - 6:20am
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Teresa, thank you for your warning about the ballpark. Since your child experienced a full blown anaphylactic reaction to peanut dust, I would encourage you to report the reaction to FAN via the peanut registry [url="http://www.foodallergy.org/research.html"]www.foodallergy.org/research.html[/url] and to Dr. Hugh Sampson at Mt. Sinai Medical Hospital in New York. I think it is very important for both FAN and Dr. Sampson to be aware of all airborne reactions.
This allergy requires us to tell so many people which hopefully will keep them safe, but can also make them vunerable to demented people - Just as you experienced at the ballpark - How terrible!
[This message has been edited by Mary (edited June 22, 1999).]

Posted on: Tue, 06/22/1999 - 7:42am
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Thank God your daughter is O.k. What a scary experience!!!! Did anyone get this guy's name? I think this was a criminal act. I'd loved to see him held accountable.

Posted on: Tue, 06/22/1999 - 12:36pm
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Thanks to all of you for your concern and true support!! From what I understand he was escorted out of the stadium, and they did get his name etc.. My daughters t-ball coach is a police officer in out town and he told me to contact the proscicuters (spelled wrong?) office and press charges. He said it is definitely a criminal act of endangerment to another person. He said he would find out what all I need to do to take action! I Love the idea of a Public Service announcement by the Players, Does anyone have any ideas how to get that started? I will do whatever it takes to educate the world on this allergy and the severity of it. This has been a rough year for the 2 of us Kelci and I. I am still battling the schools here as she had 6 incidents there. She just smells it and she goes anaphylactic, it is sooo scarey. Well again thanks, and a special thanks to Chris and his wife for this wonderful site that we can always turn to! We are truelly all in this together and everyones support can truelly get you through those rough times. Stay Safe, Teresa

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