13-year-old Karanbir Cheema recently passed away after being chased by a classmate.
Karan, as he was called by his family and friends, was severely allergic to many things including dairy.
The student who chased him had a piece of cheese that he ultimately threw down Karan's shirt, the result of which was fatal.
Karan was allergic to wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, and nuts. He also suffered from asthma and atopic eczema.
The incident occurred at William Perkin Church of England High School in Greenford, West London.
The boy responsible for chasing Karan is also 13 years old. He has since been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but has not been charged.
Paramedic Kierin Oppatt spoke about his experience responding to the emergency call.
"The call came in at 11.40am. We arrived on the scene at 11.47am. The call came in as just an allergic reaction."
He continued saying:
"On arrival at the scene I immediately knew it was life threatening and that the patient had a high risk of going into cardiac and respiratory arrest."
"We were told by school staff that perhaps someone had chased the patient with cheese and had proceeded to throw it down his t-shirt."
He continued to describe the state of the situation.
"...he had an allergic reaction, that he was itchy, his skin was very hot, and that he was having difficulty breathing."
"Staff had administered two spoons of piriton, an epipen and given him his inhaler."
Oppatt went on to recount what the paramedics saw when they arrived on the scene.
"When we arrived we saw Karan lying on his back on the floor with teachers around him."
"He appeared to be in a state of pre-arrest. He had very slow respiration - he was gasping for air. His skin was red and there appeared to be hives."
Karan stopped breathing and lost consciousness despite revival efforts by the medics. He was ultimately brought to the hospital where he never regained consciousness and died 10 days later.
Karan's mother, Rina Cheema, spoke out about her loss.
"I am devastated as a mother after losing my son and my family have lost their brother."
She went on to speak about her son.
"He was a very, very bright young boy. He was so bright, he could have been anything he wanted. I brought him up by myself. I trained him to read all about his condition."
People are devastated to hear Karan's story.
@ladbible It's so sad that this young man had to die because of bullies. May he rest in peace.— Sihle (@Sihle)1537370704.0
Kids are real deal bullying now and in the worst ways. This little boy died because he was allergic to dairy and hi… https://t.co/IFPDc22wu5— B O $ $ Y 🦄 (@B O $ $ Y 🦄)1537477776.0
As a parent of a child with severe allergies, this sort of thing terrifies me. People just don’t understand how ser… https://t.co/ku7OlHaUKe— Dr Keith Wilson 🧠🇪🇺🏳️🌈 (@Dr Keith Wilson 🧠🇪🇺🏳️🌈)1537594753.0
A 13 year old boy died, because bullies put cheese down his shirt and they knew he was allergic to dairy. If that’s… https://t.co/mzG4ZiTAwb— M I R A (@M I R A)1537504395.0
This is absolutely disgusting. https://t.co/1Yc3CcctiD— Agent Blue0 (@Agent Blue0)1537386270.0
This is not OK. No child who lives their life under the shadow of life threatening food allergies should have to di… https://t.co/iJU1dv06CK— WelshAllergyMummy (@WelshAllergyMummy)1537381889.0
I don't have any words, only tears. RIP 🙏🙏 Boy with severe allergies died after being 'chased with cheese at schoo… https://t.co/FBJ0sj2FYv— ਜੇਮਸ ੴ (@ਜੇਮਸ ੴ)1537452939.0
Others feel like the boy responsible for Karan's death must have been fully aware of Karan's health conditions given the fact that he chose to wield a food that Karan was severely allergic to.
Therefore, they feel his actions toward Karan must have been deliberate.
@DailyMirror So, they murdered him. Got it— Reece 🇻🇨 (@Reece 🇻🇨)1537461558.0
@DailyMirror Nah this is murder. I get that kids chase each other at school but which kid chases another kid with c… https://t.co/CbZGmaMC4M— anais✨ (@anais✨)1537507989.0
This is so sad. Boy dies from allergic reaction to cheese that was thrown down his shirt: https://t.co/V5KDHtnn6P d… https://t.co/v0n5LGbFlP— RepStar (@RepStar)1537424183.0
WHEN BULLYING TURNS INTO MURDER Boy, 13, died from severe allergic reaction after being chased with cheese https://t.co/37gN66Lxr1— Esther ten Wolthuis (@Esther ten Wolthuis)1537383411.0
An unnamed family member fondly remember Karan saying,
"I've never met anyone like him in my life. He would have done anything for anyone. He could have been anything."
They went on to describe Karan's intelligence and passions.
"He loved taking things apart and putting them back together, he loved music. He would have done something out of this world, he was an extraordinary child."
"He was extremely bright - he knew very well how to manage his condition. He wanted to be a barrister but then changed his mind when he saw the size of the books."