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Man Eats Peanuts, Kills Girlfriend With Kiss

| by Nik Bonopartis
Myriam Ducre-LemayMyriam Ducre-Lemay

Myriam Ducre-Lemay told her mother she was in love before she received a literal kiss of death.

In 2012, the 20-year-old Montreal woman went to a party with her new boyfriend before the couple went back to his house to spend the night. Unaware that Ducre-Lemay had a severe peanut allergy, the boyfriend went downstairs and fixed himself a peanut butter sandwich as a late-night snack, according to the Daily Mail.

When he returned to his bedroom, he kissed his girlfriend on the lips, setting off a chain reaction that would end in her tragic emergency-room death. The boyfriend dialed 911 and paramedics arrived within minutes, but doctors weren't able to save the young Montreal woman.

Her mother, Micheline Ducre, told a French-language Quebed newspaper on June 8th that Myriam never clued her boyfriend in that she had a peanut allergy.  It was the first time she's publicly spoken about her daughter's death. 

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Micheline said she's speaking out now so that people with peanut allergies -- and parents of children who suffer from extreme allergies -- take the precautions that could have saved her daughter's life. She recounted how happy Myriam was in the days before her death, when she told her mother she was in love.

"It's the first time I saw my daughter with such bright eyes," Micheline said.

There are several things Myriam could have done that would have saved her life, or given her a better chance to survive the allergic shock that sets in for people who have severe peanut allergies.

First, Myriam was not carrying her EpiPen, an epinephrine auto-injector that can mean the difference between life and death for the severely allergic. EpiPens are considered the "first line" of treatment for severe allergic reactions, and can reverse symptoms long enough for doctors to intervene, according to Virginia-based Food Allergy Research & Education.

Myriam also did not wear a medical alert bracelet -- which can provide useful information when a person falls unconscious -- and she did not tell her boyfriend she had allergies, her mother said.

"This is why you have to carry your EpiPen, even though you don't want to and even though it's not cool," Dr. Christine McCusker, head of pediatric allergy and immunology at Montreal Children’s Hospital, told CTV News Canada. "The most important part of managing your allergies is that you have to inform people. You have to say, 'Listen guys, I have food allergies. I have my EpiPen. If there is a problem, help me.'"

Sources: Daily Mail, Food Allergy Research & Education, CTV News Canada / Photo credit: CTV News Canada

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