7-year-old boy dies after being served spaghetti containing his allergen in holiday restaurant
Family are still coming to terms with the tragic loss
A 7-year-old boy tragically passed away after suffering from an allergic reaction during a family holiday in Italy. The young boy, who had severe dairy and cheese allergies, consumed pasta made with milk during their visit to Ravello on the Amalfi Coast.
The restaurant was warned about his allergies, however, the waitress failed to understand the family's request and served the young boy pasta which contained milk.
Cameron Wahid collapsed in the restaurant and went into anaphylactic shock. His mum managed to give her son an EpiPen, but he then suffered from cardiac arrest and died three days later in hospital.
He was pronounced dead on October 30, 2015.
His mum hopes to raise awareness by sharing the harrowing story. She explained that they still cannot believe their son is gone, but hope to help other families by opening up about their loss.
According to The Mirror, She said that they were always extremely careful about his allergies and that the waitress assured them the food was safe.
"To see him going into anaphylactic shock and suffering like that was undoubtedly the worst experience of our lives. He was such a lovely little boy, and always brightened up our days."
“We feel his death was avoidable and we are still struggling to come to terms with him not being here anymore," the mum stressed.
“We know nothing will bring him back, but we want to help stop others from suffering the pain we continue to feel," she added.
The family fought hard for justice and won a long legal battle against the La Margherita Villa Giuseppina restaurant. The waitress was found guilty of culpable manslaughter in 2019. The chef was cleared of any wrongdoing.
The court stated that the young boys death would have been avoidable had the waitress highlighted the ingredients clearly.
The family were awarded £288,000.
“For us, everything has been about using the criminal trial process in Italy to ensure that justice was obtained for Cameron, which we have done, as well as to establish facts and ensure lessons are learned so that others don’t have to suffer like we have.”