Boy Dies From Allergic Reaction To Cheese Thrown At Him By Peer

Another child was arrested, but no charges have been pressed
Ambulance Called Due To Dairy Allergy
The boy was 'gasping for air' when paramedics arrived (Photo: Photo: Licensed from Adobe. Do not re-use without permission)

A boy has died after a severe allergic reaction to cheese, which was reportedly thrown at him by a peer at school.

13-year old Karanbir Cheema, who went by Karan, died in July of last year, with his school saying he was chased by a student who threw cheese down his shirt.

A boy of the same age - who no longer attends the school - was arrested under the suspicion of attempted murder, but charges were not pressed.

Emergency response

Paramedic Kierin Oppatt says the school underestimated the severity of Karan's reaction when reporting it to 999.

The boy was covered in hives and 'gasping for air' when responders arrived to the scene of exposure - West London's William Perkin Church of England High School.

Opatt said: "I went to the vehicle and called the communications centre and informed them that our patient was in cardiac and respiratory arrest.

"And that I required the assistance of an advanced paramedic and additional crews at the job."

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Dairy allergies often cause anaphylactic shock (Photo: Licensed from Adobe. Do not re-use without permission)

Hospital stay

By the time reinforcements had arrived, Karan was unconscious and had stopped breathing - the result of anaphylactic shock.

He was then rushed to Great Ormond Street Hospital, where he died after a 10-day stay.

His parents, who were there when Karan died, say they're still seeking an explanation for their son's death.

'We want answers'

Karan's mother Rina Cheema said: "We want answers. I am devastated as a mother after losing my son and my family have lost their brother. He was a very, very bright young boy.

"He was so bright he could have been anything he wanted."

Death by dairy

Dairy allergies are not entirely uncommon, and have been the cause of death of a number of young people over recent years.

Among them are nine-year-old Brit Sadie Bristow, and a six-year-old Perth girl - both of whom died in August - as well as 18-year-old Shahida Shahid, who suffered the same fate in January.

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