‘Daddy, help me’ – the fi­nal

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A TEENAGE girl from Ful­ham who died after suf­fer­ing a se­vere al­ler­gic re­ac­tion to a Pret A Manger baguette said “Daddy, help me” as she strug­gled for in­quest has heard.

Natasha Ed­nan-Lap­er­ouse, a 15-year-old with nu­mer­ous al­ler­gies, col­lapsed on a Bri­tish Air­ways flight from Lon­don to Nice on July 17 2016. breath, an

She had been trav­el­ling with her fa­ther and best friend when she stopped to get an ar­ti­choke, olive and tape­nade baguette as they passed through Heathrow Air­port’s Ter­mi­nal 5.

Un­known to the group, the sand­wich dough con­tained sesame seed, a de­tail not men­tioned on its pack­ag­ing, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from her fa­ther, Nadim Ed­nan-Lap­er­ouse, read on the first day of her in­quest at West Lon­don Coro­ner’s Court.

Natasha was al­ler­gic to the in­gre­di­ent and suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest de­spite two epipens be­ing ap­plied to her legs.

She was de­clared dead the same day at a Nice hos­pi­tal.

The fam­ily’s lawyer, Jeremy Hyam QC, be­came emo­tional as he read Mr Ed­nan-Lap­er­ouse’s state­ment to the in­quest on Mon­day, at one stage paus­ing to re­gain com­po­sure.

It said: “How could it be that such a ter­ri­ble thing could have hap­pened when we were so care­ful with food?”

Natasha suf­fered from food al­ler­gies her en­tire life, but had learnt to dili­gently scru­ti­nise food la­bels and was alert to the dan­gers of cross-con­tam­i­na­tion.

“Be­fore the hol­i­day to Nice, there has never been an oc­ca­sion when Natasha had failed to re­spond to the epipen in­jec­tions and I don’t re­call be­ing given any ad­vice about what to do when the epipen didn’t work,” her fa­ther’s state­ment said.

The group had gone to the Pret branch at 7am, around one hour be­fore they were due to fly.

“Natasha told me she had found a baguette that con­tained all the in­gre­di­ents she loved and could eat,” her fa­ther’s state­ment said.

The la­bel gave “no in­di­ca­tion or men­tion that sesame seeds were present”, he said, adding: “Natasha and I re­lied on food in­for­ma­tion and saw no need to ask Pret counter staff if any other in­for­ma­tion was needed.”

Oliver Camp­bell QC, rep­re­sent­ing the chain, said at the hear­ing that a la­bel on the sand­wich would have said “freshly pre­pared with good nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents”.

Natasha at first felt her throat grow­ing itchy and took some Piri­ton.

Around 20 min­utes into the flight, she complained it was get­ting worse and her fa­ther no­ticed her neck looked red, as if she had been rub­bing it.

Shortly after­wards she re­turned from the toi­let with vi­cious red hives on her midriff “like a jel­ly­fish sting”, the in­quest heard.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence on Mon­day, her fa­ther said: “[She told me] ‘Daddy, I’m not feel­ing well’ and she lifted up her top and she dis­played these red welts like lac­er­a­tions which I had not seen be­fore, but I un­der­stood some­thing un­be­liev­able was go­ing on.”

She was rushed to the cabin’s toi­lets, where her fa­ther ap­plied an epipen.

The state­ment said: “We waited a cou­ple of min­utes to see how she re­acted.

“She said she couldn’t breathe prop­erly and it was get­ting worse and urged

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