Denise Saldate, an 11-year-old girl has been a victim of the lack of medical knowledge on the part of her dentist, which led her to her death.
Denise suffered from a severe allergy to dairy, so from a very young age her mother Monique Altamirano, took care of her diet delicately. However, Monique let go that something as insignificant as a toothpaste could endanger her daughter’s life.
The toothpaste that led to Denise’s death was “Mi Pasta One” which was prescribed by her dentist in order to strengthen tooth enamel. It never occurred to Monique that the pasta might contain any dairy derivatives in it and didn’t realize that the paste was marked on the label as containing Recaldent, which contains a protein derived from milk.
The terrible story happened the day Denise first used this paste; She started brushing when she slowly felt like she couldn’t breathe.
Monique says she heard her daughter tell her, “I think I’m having an allergic reaction to toothpaste.” and when he came over to help her, Denise’s lips were already blue. Monique then took her daughter to her bed, gave her her asthma inhaler and EpiPen for Denise to administer while she called 911.
Scare ran through Monique’s veins when she heard her daughter say “Mom, I can’t breathe”; to which she replied, “I love you, yes you can.”
Despite having received chest compressions from her mother and having been treated, Denise died two days after this event due to an allergic reaction.
Although Monique knows she can’t change Denise’s fate, today she wants to raise awareness about how dangerous it is to be unfamiliar with anaphylaxis. His warning aims for “more people, family members, caregivers, school staff and staff in general to take this condition more seriously and that all products are controlled, even those that seem irrelevant.”
We mourn Denise’s death and hope that more people will be informed about this issue to avoid other types of situations like this.
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