Food allergies are real, and they can kill.
On the day the Giorgis' attorneys announced that the city reached a
"This will enable Natalie's message to be much greater amplified -- that Natalie's story is not repeated,"
"Everyone needs to pay attention to this. Be aware of what you're serving and who you're serving it to," Giorgi said Wednesday, alongside his wife and a family photo of their daughter smiling on a sandy beach.
In a statement Wednesday, city officials promised steps to avert future tragedy, saying
"We recognize the tremendous loss the Giorgi family has suffered and hope these steps and measures will help each of them in dealing with and healing from such a terrible loss," city officials said in the statement. The city's insurance carriers will pay
According to the lawsuit,
But on that July night, Natalie died in the frantic minutes after eating the snack. The marshmallow filling contained peanut butter.
Natalie's parents charged in their wrongful death suit, filed in 2014 in
The girl was "conscientious about avoiding foods that contained peanuts or peanut by-products," and other children at the camp shared the same allergy -- a fact known to camp personnel, according to the lawsuit.
Natalie died even after her father injected her twice with EpiPen epinephrine auto-injectors he carried for such emergencies, then broke into a nurse's station medicine locker for a third EpiPen injection.
"Not only did he lose his daughter, he lost his career," Dreyer said. "There is no closure for this family. The story continues forever."
Natalie and her twin sister, Danielle, had already overcome great odds, born nearly 12 weeks premature and spending months in neonatal intensive care. Natalie had been diagnosed with the peanut allergy at age 3 after a mild reaction to hazelwood or macadamia nuts, her parents said in an earlier interview with
"When you realize this person is dead because someone didn't take the proper steps -- (food allergies) are not an annoyance. This can result in death," Dreyer said. "This sends a message to camps and other facilities that the consequences of not doing your job can be quite significant."
Still, Dreyer said the family was not calling on
The family in 2014 created the
"Sharing Natalie's story is important to the food allergy community,"
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