NY City closes pre-school after toddler with dairy allergy dies

13 November, 2017, 02:17 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • 3-year-old Elijah Silvera died

According to CBS New York, Elijah Silvera was given a grilled cheese sandwich during his school day at Seventh Avenue Center for Family Services despite having a severe allergy to dairy.

The school is conducting its own investigation as well, and the Administration for Children's Services had held services to offer families alternative schooling/care options.

On the page, they describe how Silvera "went into anaphylactic shock" from eating the sandwich, and doctors were not able to save him when he arrived to the children's hospital.

Elijah was at a NY school when a supervising adult allegedly gave him the sandwich "despite them knowing and having documented that he has a severe allergy to dairy", according to reports.

The Seventh Avenue Center for Family Services and Harlem Hospital Center did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for information and comment on Elijah's death.

As of Thursday, more than $27,000 had been raised via the site - money to be used in part for an independent autopsy, they wrote. His family says he had a severe dairy allergy, and that was on record with the school. "There are protocols that both the hospital and preschool must follow".

According to officials, the parents of Elijah Silvera told educators at the school that he was allergic to dairy, WCBS reports. "We just want justice for Elijah".

The Seventh Avenue Center for Family Services is now being investigated, and for the moment, the preschool has been shut down. "We will get to the bottom of what happened here. and whether the facility could have done something differently to prevent this tragedy". Elijah had an "architectural-like" knack for building towers with blocks and was "best friends" with his older brother, Sebastian, Silvera said.

The city's almost 400 EarlyLearn NYC child care centers received a letter reiterating the guidelines for kids with food allergies after the recent death of a 3-year-old boy.

The guidelines distributed by the city note that each child with a food allergy should have an individual written care plan with details on prevention and treatment. Those figures mean that roughly two children in every classroom have a food allergy, making awareness of allergies increasingly important and lifesaving in schools, notes Food Allergy Research and Education, the nonprofit advocacy organization.



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