13 year old Karanbir Cheema known as Karan has died in Greenford, West London after being chased by fellow classmates who threw a slice of cheese down his shirt.
Cheema was a popular young boy who was known to have severe allergies to dairy products, nuts, wheat, gluten and also suffered from frequent asthma attacks and atopic eczema.
Despite the paramedic’s efforts to resuscitate the unconscious 13 year old boy, Cheema was already in critical condition when respondents arrived at William Perkin Church of England High School.
According to the first responding paramedic Kierin Oppatt: “the call came in at 11.40am. We arrived on the scene at 11.47am. The call came in as just an allergic reaction. But when he arrived he found the young boy ‘gasping for air’” and on the brink of death.
“On arrival at the scene I immediately knew it was life threatening and that the patient had a high risk of going into cardiac and respiratory arrest.”
“We were told by school staff that perhaps someone had chased the patient with cheese and had proceeded to throw it down his t-shirt, that he had an allergic reaction, that he was itchy, his skin was very hot, and that he was having difficulty breathing.”
“Staff had administered two spoons of Piriton, an Epipen and given him his inhaler.”
Oppatt continues by saying: “when we arrived we saw Karan lying on his back on the floor with teachers around him. He appeared to be in a state of pre-arrest. He had very slow respiration – he was gasping for air. His skin was red and there appeared to be hives.”
Cheema died in his hospital bed in Great Ormond Street Hospital ten days following the allergic reaction.
The young boy’s mother, 52, 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. I brought him up by myself. I trained him to read all about his condition.”
In court, Christian Rodgers who was the detective assigned to the case examined a list of potential witnesses and commented that: “the person involved is no longer at the school.”