This 19 year old kid had a severe peanut allergy and had just gotten home from spring break during his first year of college. His entire future was ahead of him. A buddy of his brought a cookie to him, promising that he did not taste any peanuts. Unfortunately, the cookie had been made with peanut oil.
The saddest thing about the entire situation is that the mother had an EpiPen which had expired. And while the mother was on the phone with 911 operators, she was told not to administer the expired EpiPen to her dying son.
The mother later came to find out that it may have been best to administer the expired EpiPen. There was no guarantee that the expired EpiPen would've worked. But for this grieving mother who lost her young son, knowing that there was a slight chance the expired EpiPen might have saved his life must be sheer agony.
I have two young children and they don't have any food allergies. I'm grateful for that. I know that I take it for granted that my family can go to a restaurant and I don't have to worry about any allergies. I don't have to grill the wait staff or the management about food preparation. I don't have to worry every time my kids go to a birthday party.
Parents with kids who have severe peanut or other food allergies have to stave off emergencies every day. I know it is an absolute nightmare. This is only compounded when the child grows up and goes off to college. EpiPens are a must for anyone with a food allergy and should be kept in a purse, in the car and at home, no matter what. When minutes mean the difference between life and death, having an EpiPen can make all the difference.
Food allergies are on the rise and we must increase knowledge and awareness about these kinds of allergies. Doing so just may save a life.
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