Parents Samia and Sajid Hussain had to rush their toddler to hospital after he ingested a dairy-laden 'vegan' pizza from a Pizza Hut in Blackpool, Lancashire.
Sajid and Samia were reportedly explicit about their son's severe dairy allergy, having mentioned it multiple times before ordering, and again when their food arrived.
Shortly after eating the pizza, however, the pair noticed something amiss with two-year-old Zayaan Hussain.
Sajid said: "10 minutes went by and Zayaan just started shutting down.
"He wasn't responding to me or my wife."
After noticing their son's deteriorating state, the parents gave Zayaan an antihistamine and inhaler, and called an ambulance.
The situation continued to escalate.
Sajid said: "While I was on the phone Zayaan was violently sick everywhere and when the paramedics arrived his oxygen levels were really low."
Zayaan was hospitalized for two days after the incident, with his parents gravely concerned for his health.
Sajid said: "It actually got worse as we got to the hospital. There were talks of him having to be resuscitated."
Pizza Hut has reportedly apologized to the family for the mistake.
A spokesperson said: "We realise it was an unacceptable situation and have already completed an internal investigation with the Hut, which found that the wrong pizza was given to the family as a result of human error."
Sajid, who has also contacted Environmental Health about the issue, said: "There are no words to truly describe what we were thinking.
"It was a very, very traumatic experience and not one I would ever want to go through again."
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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