Joe Dobson, 19, died from an allergic reaction after eating at a Mexican restaurant while on holiday on 1st November 2021, a coroner has ruled.
Joe, who was from London, had gone to a restaurant with friends in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. He had eaten a vegetarian burrito which contained sesame. Coroner for South London, Mark Taylor, said that Joe was allergic to sesame, eggs, milk and peanuts.
Joe had left his adrenaline auto-injectors at an AirBnB where he was staying and had walked back there from the restaurant to retrieve these. Friends were aware of Joe’s medical condition and assisted but sadly Joe became unconscious and tragically died later in hospital.
It’s been reported in the media that Joe had told the restaurant staff multiple times in Spanish and English about his allergies but these were not taken seriously. The court heard how friends witnessed Joe eat three bites of the burrito before realising that it contained sesame.
As reported by The Mirror newspaper, Coroner Taylor said: “It seems there was a gap of 10-15 minutes before the pen could be used. I have no evidence to tell me whether it would have made any difference in terms of outcome.”
Simon Williams, Chief Executive at Anaphylaxis UK, said:
“We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Joe Dobson. What should have been an enjoyable experience on holiday turned into tragedy. This highlights the challenges that people face when travelling abroad and the importance of understanding these challenges and the seriousness of anaphylaxis.”
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