Harlem Preschooler Dies Following Severe Allergic Reaction to Grilled Cheese

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A 3-year-old boy with a dairy allergy in New York City died this week after someone at his preschool served him a grilled cheese sandwich.

A Harlem family is demanding answers in the death of a 3-year-old boy.

Sebastian, 5, has asked his family if they could use a rocket ship to "get" Elijah from heaven, Silvera said.

The FDNY confirmed Thursday that the Manhattan pre-K where a child suffered a fatal allergic reaction after eating a grilled cheese sandwich never called 911.

A GoFundMe page set up by the family of 3-year-old Elijah Silvera says he went into anaphylactic shock November 3 at the Seventh Avenue Center for Family Services in Manhattan. The Department of Health says it is "continuing to aggressively investigate what happened and whether the facility could have done something differently to prevent this tragedy".

The Health Department said it has closed the school on Wednesday for inadequate supervision of a child and for failing to follow its own written safety plan. "Elijah was three years old", the statement continued.

Relatives say he was taken to Harlem Hospital, where he died. He was rushed to Pediatric Emergency at Harlem Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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According to WPIX, the school allegedly called Elijah's mother when it happened.

"It is unclear where responsibility for Elijah's death will fall between the pre-K and the hospital itself", the statement said.

There's now a small memorial outside the school, as Elijah's death reminds all of us that when dealing with severe food allergies, schools, camps, parents, everyone, must play a role in keeping children with allergies safe. "As we ease into this unthinkable reality and say goodbye to our sweet, joyful Elijah - and our hopes and dreams for all he would become - we thank you for your support".

"There is nothing more important than the safety of our children and we are deeply saddened by this tragedy". The Seventh Avenue Center for Family Services referred calls by WABC to the city's Administration for Family Services, which is a grantee of the center. I don't know if it can be avoided because we don't really know what happened.

Instead of calling 911, staff chose to call Elijah's mother for some reason - wasting several crucial minutes, according to his family.

"He was that kid that we had to watch over very seriously", Thomas said.

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