14/08/2014 16:56 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Girl, 14, Died After Allergic Reaction To Nuts At Chinese Buffet


A teenager collapsed and died after eating a Chinese meal at a Christmas buffet.

Emma Sloan, 14, was with her family when she ate a nut-based sauce and suffered a severe allergic reaction.

Her mum, Caroline, took her to a pharmacy for help but she was refused a life-saving adrenaline injection because she didn't have a prescription.

She was told to take her daughter to hospital but they only made it a few yards when the teenager collapsed.

The family were dining at Jimmy Chung's Chinese buffet on Eden Quay, Dublin, when Emma chose a sauce with nuts in it by accident.

She didn't have her 'epipen' injection device with her. There was a sign in the restaurant that said "nuts contained" but they didn't notice it, according to local news.

They rushed to a chemists but were told that regulations forbid the dispensing of epipen injections.

The pharmacy regulatory body, the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI), has begun an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the girl's death.

Gardai are also investigating because it's believed Emma could have received the injection under an 'emergency supply' rule which states an injection"can be carried out at the request of a patient or at the request of a prescriber", in this case any pharmacy.

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