THE brave parents of a girl who died from an allergic reaction to a sandwich were honoured at The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards last night.
Sarah, Duchess of York, gave Natasha Ednan-Laperouse’s mum and dad our special award, presented in memory of former Health Editor Christina Newbury.
Sarah Ferguson was ‘honoured’ to present Natasha Ednan-Laperouse’s brave parents with our special Who Cares Wins award[/caption]
Natasha, 15, was heading for a four-day break with her dad and best friend when she collapsed from a severe allergic reaction after eating a Pret a Manger sandwich at Heathrow Airport.
The label did not reveal the artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette also contained sesame seeds, which triggered Natasha’s allergic reaction and caused her to suffer a cardiac arrest on a BA flight to the South of France.
Fergie has backed the teenager’s family in their campaign to bring in Natasha’s Law, which will change the rules on food labelling when it comes into force next year.
The duchess was sitting behind Natasha’s grief-stricken parents, Nadim and Tanya, as they flew home from Nice with Natasha’s body in the plane’s hold.
Tragic teenager Natasha died on a flight after eating a Pret a Manger sandwich which didn’t reveal it contained sesame seeds[/caption]
Fergie said: “I put my hand rather rudely over the top of the seat and just said, ‘I am so sorry but I have just got to know, is there anything I can do?’.”
Throughout the flight back to London Tanya and Nadim talked to the duchess about their daughter.
Natasha’s Law requires a full list of ingredients and allergen information to be printed on all pre-packaged food.
Her family have also set up NARF — Natasha Allergy Research Foundation — in memory of their beloved Tashie, with the duchess as patron.
Since her death, Nadim and Tanya have campaigned tirelessly to bring in ‘Natasha’s Law’ so others can avoid the nightmare their daughter endured when she went into anaphylaxis shock[/caption]
At last night’s awards, held at The Sun’s London HQ, Fergie said: “I could not be more honoured to have been asked to be patron. I kept in contact with Tanya and Nadim and my heart breaks for their loss.
“As a mother, I can’t imagine being in a situation where you know your child is going to die in front of you. You shouldn’t have to bury your children.
“At the same time, I’m in awe at the courage they have shown in speaking publicly about what has happened to try to make sure it doesn’t happen to another family. They are incredibly brave people.
“Can I just say to The Sun, I think you’re incredible. I’m sitting there and thinking I’m so lucky. The NHS, The Sun and all of you, this is what makes Britain so great.”
The new law will change the rules on food labelling when it comes into force next year[/caption]
Our panel of Who Cares Wins judges were so impressed by the family’s campaign that they gave NARF the Christina Newbury Memorial Award.
This is presented in honour of our much-loved Health Editor, known to Sun readers as Christina Earle, who died in March last year aged 31.
Although Christina died from a blood clot following a fall, she also had a nut allergy.
Thanks to NARF’s work, tens of thousands of allergy sufferers in Britain will avoid the risk of what happened to Natasha.
Natasha’s mum Tanya says ‘it’s the most basic human right to know what you are putting into your mouth – Tashie did not have that and it killed her’[/caption]
During the flight in 2016, she began struggling for breath and red marks appeared on her body, due to a severe reaction to sesame seeds in the baguette she ate as they went to the plane.
Dad Nadim took her to the toilet on the plane and used two EpiPens on her leg to try to get adrenaline into her bloodstream to combat the shock.
When the EpiPens failed, she was given CPR for 50 minutes before she arrived at hospital in Nice.
As hope began to fade, her dad put a phone to her ear so Tanya and her younger brother, Alex, now 16, could say goodbye.
Last night, Nadim and Tanya said that they still sleep in Natasha’s bed at the family’s home in Fulham, South West London, to be close to her.
Nadim said: “There’s a huge hole in our lives every day. Tashie was the best daughter. Bright, funny, smart, gentle.
“She was everything to us. We take it in turns to sleep in Tashie’s room. It’s exactly as it was the day she left it.”
Her mum also sits at Natasha’s place at the table so her chair does not remain empty.
Fergie happened to sit behind Natasha’s grief-stricken parents as they flew home from Nice with Natasha’s body[/caption]
Tanya said: “We were a family of four, now we’re a family of three. The way we lay the table, everything is completely different without her here.
“We used to have to cook roasts that Natasha could eat, nothing allergen related. Now we can cook whatever we like but I really resent that.
“Sometimes we make the roast the way Tashie used to eat it, just because it’s familiar.
“She was the most perfect daughter. She wasn’t fearless, but she’d never let fear stop her doing what she wanted.
Ever since then she has backed their inspirational work, and is now the patron of Natasha Allergy Research Foundation[/caption]
“I know she can see what we’re doing and how the foundation is taking shape. I know she’d be so proud of what we are doing. She always wanted to help other people.”
Nadim and Tanya first discovered Tashie had an allergic reaction to some foods when she went into anaphylactic shock after she ate a banana at just nine months old.
She was taken to hospital and her parents were given EpiPens.
But apart from one set of allergy tests when she was eight, her parents had to work out for themselves what Natasha was allergic to.
Fergie says she is ‘in awe at the courage they have shown in speaking publicly about what has happened to try to make sure it doesn’t happen to another family’[/caption]
After the tragedy, Tanya, Nadim and Alex were determined that Natasha’s death would not be in vain.
Tanya said: “It’s the most basic human right to know what you are putting into your mouth. Tashie did not have that and it killed her.
“She’d be so proud of what we’re doing. Knowing Christina Newbury had a serious nut allergy, too, Tashie would be incredibly proud of winning this award in Christina’s name.
“When Tashie was little, her friends wouldn’t believe how serious her allergies were. Her death educated so many people, but more needs to be done so we stop losing young people to something so needless.”
Best Neonatal: Professor Kypros Nicolaides
Best Health Charity: Matt Hampson Foundation
Best Midwife: Jane Parke
Best Nurse: Liz Monaghan
Groundbreaking Pioneer: Guy’s and St Thomas’ London Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI) Service
Young Hero: Ronnie Musselwhite
Unsung Hero: Therapeutic Care Volunteers at South Tees NHS Foundation Trust
Mental Health Hero: Ben West
Best Doctor: Dr Matthew Boulter
Christina Newbury Memorial Award: Natasha Allergy Research Foundation
Ultimate Lifesaver: Ruth Lowe and Nick Evans
Medics at the Guy’s and St Thomas’ London Auditory Brainstem Implant service won the Groundbreaking Pioneer award[/caption]
BOB and Alison Armitage, of Dagenham, East London, back left, nominated medics from the Guy’s and St Thomas’ London Auditory Brainstem Implant service, including Katherine Wilson, Sandra Driver, kneeling, and Shakeel Saeed for pioneering work on daughter Leia, eight, who was born with a rare form of deafness.
Best Health Charity
Curtis Pritchard and Deborah James awarded Matt Hampson the Best Health Charity award[/caption]
MATT Hampson’s promising rugby career ended when he was paralysed in training in 2005 and now breathes with a ventilator.
He set up the Matt Hampson Foundation to help others in a similar situation.
Matt, 34, pictured with “bowel babe” blogger Deborah James and Love Island’s Curtis Pritchard, said: “Life after injury is worth living.”
Jane Parke won the Best Midwife gong after helping Jennie Powell through labour while on a 190-mile flight[/caption]
SUN columnist Peta Todd, right, presented the award to Jane Parke, 55.
She was nominated by Jennie and Rich Powell, from Brighton. After Jennie went into labour at 22 weeks and five days, Jane stayed by her side throughout a 190-mile flight to hospital.
Jenson and Reuben are Britain’s youngest surviving premature twin boys.
Mental Health Hero
Kate Silverton and Matt Hancock presented Ben West with the Mental Health Hero award[/caption]
NEWSREADER Kate Silverton and Health Secretary Matt Hancock gave the award to Ben West, 19, who lost his 15-year-old brother Sam to suicide last year following depression.
Ben, who set up The Sam West Foundation with his parents, said: “I wanted to get people talking about mental health and I feel I’ve done that.”
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The winner of Best Doctor was Matthew Boulter, who is a GP in Penzance[/caption]
MATTHEW Boulter, 52, who is a GP in Penzance, Cornwall, and also the local lifeboat doc, sports club medic and Army reservist who fought in Afghanistan, was presented with his award by comedy writer Adam Kay, who once worked in the NHS.
Matthew, nominated by patient Sue Robinson, centre, said: “It’s really humbling.”
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