A 13-year-old United Kingdom boy who suffered from an extreme dairy allergy died after he was reportedly “chased” by a bully at school who threw cheese down his shirt, a London court heard Wednesday.
On June 28, 2017, Karanbir “Karan” Cheema died after experiencing an allergic reaction at William Perkin Church of England High School in Greenford, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
After going into anaphylactic shock, Karan was rushed to a local hospital, but tragically passed away about two weeks later, The Telegraph reports, citing a court hearing.
Paramedic Kierin Oppatt stated in court that he was told by an emergency operator that the situation was “just an allergic reaction,” but upon arrival he found Karran “gasping for air” while breaking out in hives.
“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,” Oppatt said.
“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.”
A 13-year-old classmate of the late teen, who no longer attends the school, was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the case, but he hasn’t been charged.
Outside of court, Karan’s family demanded “answers,” the newspaper reported.
“I am devastated as a mother after losing my son and my family have lost their brother,” Rina Cheema stated.
“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.”
[Feature Photo: Karan Cheema, family handout]