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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 10:22 am 
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After finishing dinner with his soccer teammates at a McDonough buffet restaurant Saturday night, a 15-year-old from Macon reached for two of his favorite cookies for dessert. White chocolate with Macadamia nuts.

Within minutes of eating them, Diallo Robbins-Brinson was on the floor, unconscious, his mother told the AJC early Wednesday. The Central High School freshman died Monday at an Atlanta hospital after apparently suffering an allergic reaction, his mother said.


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Diallo no longer carried an Epi-Pen, a device containing medicine to stop an allergic reaction, according to his mom.

"He thought he was eating something safe," Larmia Robbins-Brinson said. "He loved them. If he had smelled peanut butter, he wouldn't have picked them."


http://www.ajc.com/news/teen-dies-after ... 38242.html

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 1:36 pm 
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So sad! This age is the highest risk group. How can we get them to carry their auto-injectors?

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 2:55 pm 
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The epipen is so big and cumbersome, especially if you wear skinny jeans and have no purse to stash it in. Teens are often forgetful to begin with let alone standing out amongst the crowd.

So far, my son is till OK with always having his epipen with him. With teens though, things can change overnight.

When will the smaller version (size of a cell phone) be available that was announced?

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 6:26 pm 
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Macon teen who died from peanut allergy always pulled for underdog



Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2012/05/16/2028031 ... rylink=cpy

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 12:22 am 
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How tragic that he thought he would be able to smell peanut butter. And that he thought he would be okay without his epipen. Such a shame.

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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 3:12 pm 
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So tragic.

I'm worried about my kids reaching the preteen/teen years. I'm really hoping desensitization treatment will be widely available in canada by then.

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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 1:28 pm 
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Mary, I can't even read the whole 2nd post.

Brought me to tears. Such a lovely kid.
We have to get the word out to all these families: don't take even a bite without epinephrine on hand.

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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 3:46 pm 
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So sad for him, and his loved ones :(. People think we are extreme by avoiding all tree nuts for a peanut allergy, but the cross contam risk is so high.

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 10:15 am 
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Absolutely devastating to read this. My heart breaks for this family and for his young life cut short. We need better education, somehow, for people living with life-threatening allergies. The message is simply not getting out there.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:19 am 
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I do think its the size that keeps them from carrying it. I'm in the US and had to nag my pharmacist to get me twin jet injectors. Though they no longer make them there are some out there. I will be very sad when I have to start carrying an epipen they are ridiculously large. They need to rework their packaging.


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