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mrswhitecastle posted:
So, so scary, but the little boy ended up OK.


http://www.ketv.com/news/30307603/detail.html
Emily (6 - allergic to tree nuts) Elizabeth (4)
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mrswhitecastle responded:
(I'll try to copy it for you Crunk.)

A Carter Lake, Iowa 7-year-old survived a brush with death after a eating a snack that caused a delayed peanut-allergy reaction.
"I was allergic to peanut butter. My tummy hurted, so we went to the hospital," said 7-year-old Max Roseland as he took a break from reading books to his sister, Ruby.
The boy has a known peanut and gluten allergy as well as asthma. Just before Christmas, his mother went to his school to approve the snacks that were going to be served as part of a special movie day.
Just hours later, Amy received a startling phone call from the school.
"I'd gotten a phone call that he'd taken a bite of a peanut butter granola bar," said Amy Roseland, Max's mother.
Roseland said the peanut butter bar was not on the approved list of snacks in her son's peanut-free classroom. The snack somehow made its way out of another child's lunch box and onto Max's plate. In the darkness of the classroom movie party, the boy took a tiny bite.
Max said he knew there was trouble when after just a penny-sized bite, his tongue started itching. His mother picked him up and took him directly to Children's Hospital and Medical Center. The boy complained of a stomachache but was talking and breathing comfortably.
After 30 minutes in the emergency room, the child broke out in hives and his throat was tightening.
"It happened so fast. It was a nightmare," said Amy.
"I saw him in the ER. When I first walked in, his lungs had failed and they were beginning CPR," said Dr. Rob Chaplin, a critical care specialist at Children's.
Dr. Chaplin said typically when a person with a peanut allergy has a reaction, it happens immediately. He said a delayed reaction is extremely rare. According to the Centers for Disease Control, four out of every 100 children have a food allergy. Data from the National Institutes of Health shows more than 3 million Americans are allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, or both.
"A constellation of symptoms happen. You get sweaty. All the vessels in your body dilate. Your lungs can shut down. Your airway can shut down," Chaplin said.
Doctors rushed Max to intensive care where they continued CPR and administered a host of drugs to help Max breathe. His heart rate dropped extremely low.
"They came back and said things were not going well in there. Everything was going south so bad," said Max's dad, Chris Roseland. As a last resort, doctors put Max on a heart-lung bypass machine called ECMO. They connected the machine so it would simply take over for the boy's failing lungs by adding oxygen to his blood and removing carbon dioxide. A ventilator kept his lungs physically moving.
Using the machine carries significant risk of bleeding because of the anti-clotting drugs that must be administered.
This is the first time Children's Hospital and Medical Center has used the ECMO machine for a peanut allergy case. It's typically used in the cardiac unit with both the heart and lung functions keeping a child alive. Children's is also only one of a handful of medical centers in the country which can use the machine this way.
"They're amazing. We were in the right place at the right time with the right people," said Amy.
Chaplin said 12 hours later, after the peanuts cleared from the boy's system, doctors removed all tubes and breathing devices and Max was happy and healthy again.
"When we went in, it was for a tummy ache. And the next thing, he's on life support," said Amy.
Dr Chaplin took a special interest in Max's case because he is also the parent of a child with a peanut allergy. Chaplin's goal is to pull together a panel of doctors, parents and experts in the community to devise a more uniform plan for dealing with peanut products at home and in school.
Emily (6 - allergic to tree nuts) Elizabeth (4)
 
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crunk05177 replied to mrswhitecastle's response:
Thank you for posting the whole article! As much as I hate hearing these stories because they are sad and scary but they are a constant reminder of how you have to stay on your feet at all times. I am so glad this little boy turned out ok!

Remember the last aricle with the little girl from VA? Did we ever find out how she got the peanut product? I think it was still unknown at the time of the article.


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