Allergy UK's Statement on Death of Nine-year-old Boy due to Suspected Allergic Reaction
6th March 2017
We are absolutely devastated to hear of another young life lost to anaphylaxis. Whilst the details of this tragic incident remain unclear, it reinforces the importance of allergy awareness and for people to understand the potentially fatal consequences.
Allergy UK is working with schools to raise awareness of allergic conditions and to educate school staff on the importance of understanding what to do in an emergency, and how to administer potentially lifesaving medication.
When we know more about what happened, we will of course update you. Until then, if you need support or advice please do contact us on 01322 619898 or visit allergyuk.org.
Nine-year-old Birmingham boy dies after collapsing at school
The child's family is supported by specialist officers as an inquiry seeks to establish the circumstances leading to the tragedy.
An investigation has been launched following the death of a nine-year-old boy who collapsed at school from a suspected allergic reaction.
The youngster was a pupil at Al-Hijrah School in Burbidge Road, Bordesley Green, Birmingham.
Emergency services were called to the site at 2.20pm on Friday after the pupil had taken ill.
The boy was taken to Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, where he later died.
A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said officers attended the school following reports a pupil had collapsed after suffering a suspected allergic reaction.
"A post-mortem will take place and the child's family are being supported by specially trained officers," she said.
"Police are working with the school and Birmingham City Council to establish the circumstances around his death."
Brigid Jones, Birmingham City Council's cabinet member for children, families and schools, wrote on Twitter: "My thoughts are with the family of the young man who tragically died following an incident at school yesterday."
Colin Diamond, the council's executive director for education, said: "We were so sorry to hear about this tragic death and our thoughts are with his family and friends.
"We know the school is doing all it can to support the family through this terrible time and we are working with the school and police as they continue to look into the circumstances."
"Nine-year-old Birmingham boy dies after collapsing at school" - Sky News, 5th March 2017
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