‘I’m dying:’ Mysterious allergic reaction kills 11-year-old during Thanksgiving trip

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ROSEVILLE, Calif. — A family is grieving this holiday season after their 11-year-old daughter died during a trip to Hawaii, FOX40 reported.

“Usually, I could get it under control and this time, I just knew something was wrong,” said Karin Carpenter, Paige’s mother.

Paige always had food allergies and was sensitive to things in the environment.

When her family arrived in Honolulu for Thanksgiving, she seemed happy and healthy.

“She was just lit up in excitement and she was so happy to be where we were,” Carpenter said.

After arriving, Paige went swimming with her younger sister, Violet, and a friend.

“Probably about 10 to 15 minutes into that, she started complaining that her nose was burning,” Carpenter told FOX40.

Paige’s throat immediately started to swell and her breathing became labored.

“She looked at me and said, ‘I’m dying. I know I’m going to die because I can see the look on your face,’” Carpenter said.

The 11-year-old went into a coma before dying.

Carpenter says she is still not sure what caused Paige to have that violent of an allergic reaction.

Doctors said anything from volcanic ash in the air to the temperature of the pool could have been a contributing factor.

Paige's funeral will be held next month.

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6 comments

  • Monroe mom

    How horribly heartbreaking for her family. The death of a child for any reason is bad enough, but for it to happen during the holidays is even worse. They’ll never be able to celebrate the holidays without the tragic reminder of their daughter’s death. 😢

  • Teri

    I had sympathy for the family until visiting the GoFund me page where the mom is bashing the little girl’s biological father in a passive-aggressive manner. Wow. Just wow.

    • Hank

      Teri, before you pass judgement please consider that you know absolutely nothing about our family or how he treated his daughter. He is the true definition of a deadbeat dad, and anyone who defends him is simply uninformed. Unless you are someone who thinks a father who forgets birthdays, never calls or sees the children, never pays child support, etc etc etc deserves to be talked about kindly, then maybe you should reserve judgement on people you don’t even know that can read this and who are grieving the loss of their daughter right now. Thanks for that.

      • bakersdozen12

        No matter what you think of the father, you should remember this age old rule: If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.