First Date Results in Anaphylaxis and Trip to ER, Couple Becomes Internet Sensation


Girl meets boy on Tinder. Boy invites girl over. Girl kisses Boy. Girl ends up in emergency room.

You wouldn’t think this scenario went particularly well, but the couple has since become an internet sensation after chronicling their mishap on TikTok, a popular social media app.

22-year-old Samara Hnaien met Charles Harris, 23, on Tinder, where they decided to arrange an in-person meeting. Due to social distancing guidelines in Australia that have left many venues closed, Charles invited Samara to his house.

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The date was going well until the couple shared a kiss. Speaking to Buzzfeed, Samara describes what happened next:

My whole mouth started tingling mid-kissing basically, which is the first sign to me that I’m having a reaction, and I hadn’t eaten anything, so I thought he must’ve had something that had peanuts in it.

Samara never mentioned that she suffers from a peanut allergy prior to the kiss. Charles had indeed eaten a peanut butter sandwich before the date.

Samara instructed Charles to administer her EpiPen in her thigh, then had him call emergency services. They traveled to the emergency room together and remained in the ER until Samara was discharged at 5:30AM.

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Samara picks up the story:

He handled the situation as best as he could’ve. I was actually really impressed. He was really caring and genuine and made me feel at ease and kept reassuring me to not feel embarrassed or anything like that because I was just mortified and felt so bad for him. It’s a pretty confronting experience stabbing someone with an EpiPen especially when you first meet them (haha).

Both shared their experiences on TikTok where their videos went viral, garnering some 300,000 likes.

Here’s Samara’s video:

The couple are planning another date that will be shared with their newfound audience on TikTok.

Samara pledges that, although the subject might prove a bit awkward, she’ll make sure to ask her dates if they’ve eaten peanuts before she kisses them.

Have a food allergy? Do you kiss? Allergic Living has a great article entitled “Food Allergies: Hot Tips For Kissing Safely” we highly recommend.

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