The tragic death of a preschooler who died of an allergic reaction after being given a grilled cheese sandwich in his school has now caused New York City Officials to create and implement a new protocol for school emergencies.
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Administration for Children’s Services has just released a new rule for schools during emergencies, as the result of three-year-old Elijah Silvera dying on November 3rd, 2017, when his school did not call 9-1-1 immediately.
Elijah went into anaphylactic shock at the Seventh Avenue Center for Family Services, after being given a grilled cheese sandwich to eat, despite his severe allergy to dairy (that the school was aware of). He was rushed to the hospital, but later died as a result of the shock.
Dr. Mary Bassett is the health department commissioner and said that the safety plan at Elijah’s school was not being followed. This inaction prompted city officials to implement the new, automatic protocol to call 911 during medical emergencies.
The protocol is in effect immediately, and all New York child caregivers will be given guidelines and refreshments at their annual training sessions. Elijah’s school was shut down after his death, and children relocated to other schools. It is pending investigation.
Photos: Silvera Family