The family of Natalie Giorgi, the 13 year old girl who tragically succumbed to anaphylaxis after consuming a peanut butter tainted Rice Krispy treat at Camp Sacramento in 2013, has reached a multimillion dollar settlement with the city of Sacramento, their lawyer announced.
Natalie, who was diagnosed with a severe peanut allergy at age 3, was attending a hula hoop competition with her family during her last night at the camp. She ran to her parents and said, “I ate something. I ate a Rice Krispies Treat, and it it didn’t taste right.”
Natalie’s father, Louis Giorgi, a urologist, sat by his daughter for the next 20 minutes during which she appeared to be fine. She then told him, “Oh my God, I might get sick,” vomited, and shortly thereafter stopped breathing. Mr Giorgi immediately injected his daughter with the first of two epinephrine auto-injectors he kept on-hand. Shortly afterward when she failed to respond, he administered the second.
The couple raced their daughter to the nurse’s station where they broke open a medicine cabinet to access a third dose. “It just didn’t work,” he said.
“We recognize the tremendous loss that the Giorgi family has suffered and hope these steps and measures will help each of them in dealing with and healing from such a terrible loss,” a statement from the city read.
A news report by KCRA TV in Sacramento about the settlement can be viewed here.
Many allergists now recommend administering epinephrine immediately when an individual with a severe food allergy believes they may have accidentally ingested their allergen of concern. We urge you to discuss an emergency action plan with your doctor, including what to do when accidental ingestion is suspected but before symptoms of anaphylaxis present themselves.