Millionaire toy tycoon's daughter, 15, dies after collapsing on British Airways flight after allergic reaction to Pret a Manger sandwich

Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, collapsed on a flight from London to Nice after buying an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette at Heathrow.

Her dad Nadim, a millionaire owner of Wow Toys from Fulham, tried to save schoolgirl Natasha by giving her two doses of drugs and administering an EpiPen.

She died in hospital in France.

An inquest will take place this week with Pret bosses set to testify.

Nadim said: "As a family now of three, my wife, son and I are still trying to adjust to life without our beloved girl. It’s a daily battle and the pain is indescribable.


At around 7.50am on July 17, 2016, Natasha began to feel seriously unwell.

Red welts began appearing on her skin and her father administered the first of two EpiPens that she carried in case of an allergic reaction.

Despite this, she started hyperventilating and cabin crew were made aware of the situation.

She was given another EpiPen, but continued to become increasingly ill.

Natasha was laid out on the floor of the plane to receive emergency treatment and a junior doctor on board came forward to help administering a shot of adrenaline from an on board first aid kit.

The tragic teen had lost consciousness and suffered a cardiac arrest.

She was given CPR but the plane was not diverted, landing in Nice after a flight lasting one hour and 50 minutes.

French paramedics met the plane and rushed Natasha to hospital, but she was pronounced dead later that day.
Natasha was popular pupil at Lady Margaret School, a Church of England academy in Fulham, who loved horses and ice-skating and hoped to become a lawyer.

The inquest could lead to product labelling laws being ramped up.

It is believed the Pret baguette had sesame seeds baked into the dough.

Despite being a potentially deadly allergen, a loophole means companies do not have to list it if the food is prepared on the same day.

British Airways bosses will also feature at the inquest to discuss safety procedures and staff training.

A Pret spokesman said: “We were deeply saddened to hear about Natasha’s tragic death, and our heartfelt thoughts are with her family and friends.

We take food allergies and how allergen information is provided to our customers extremely seriously.

We will continue to do all that we can to assist the Coroner’s inquest.”

A BA spokesman said the airline was very sorry to hear of Natasha’s death and its “thoughts remain with her family”.



 

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