Skip to comments.Coroner: Lack of Oxygen, Not Peanut Butter, Killed Girl
Posted on 03/06/2006 3:48:50 PM PST by ferri
MONTREAL A lack of oxygen to the brain likely played a role in the death of a teenager once thought to have died of a peanut allergy after kissing her boyfriend who had just eaten peanut butter, a Quebec coroner said Monday.
Coroner Michel Miron told The Associated Press that it appeared that Christina Desforges, 15, had suffered from "cerebral anoxia," or a lack of oxygen to the brain, which caused serious damage.
He provided no further details other than to say that no foul play was suspected in Desforges' death because he has yet to submit a final report to the provincial coroner's office.
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That's got to be a heavy burden lifted from the boyfriend.
that was my first thought too. when they thought his kiss had killed her i felt horrible for him. imagine!
Sure she died of anoxia. Her lungs stopped working when she was exposed to peanut butter.
Are they spinning the causation to counsel the families, or is there some other purpose? I can't imagine one.
Cerebral anoxia=lack of oxygen to the brain. That would be HYPOventilation, not HYPERventilation.
Good to see you read the entire article before spouting off.
Now reread it completely. Notice that the coroner says the fact that the kiss was hours after the boy had eaten the peanut butter, and that he had eaten and also drank since then, showed that his mouth was cleansed of the peanut butter.
More importantly, the coroner stated that the anoxia was caused by an asthma attack, not an allergic reaction.
What is auto-erotic asphyxiation?
Auto-erotic asphyxiation (AEA) is the term used to describe the practice of cutting off the blood supply to the brain through self-applied suffocation methods while masturbating to orgasm. The interference of blood supply to the brain brought on by AEA can induce cerebral anoxia, a deficiency of oxygen in the brain. It is thought that the lack of blood flow and oxygen can intensify sensations, producing sensations of giddiness, lightheadedness, or exhilaration that can heighten the orgasmic experience. It's also possible that the helplessness and self-endangerment inherent in the techniques enhance the person's sexual gratification.
Of course, this same self-endangerment that may provide a thrill to the person carrying out AEA also weakens one's self-control and judgment, which can easily result in accidental death. Exactly how many people engage in AEA is unknown, and the practice almost always remains a secret until a person dies accidentally. It's estimated that between 500 and 1000 deaths occur annually in the United States from this dangerous type of masturbation. While it is thought to be practiced more often by adolescent or young adult guys, a small number of women die from AEA every year.
If a person does not die from cerebral anoxia, brain or tissue damage could possibly occur, depending on how long the brain and body are deprived of oxygen. A person also risks lacerating, cutting or bruising the neck, trachea, and esophagus, depending on the suffocation or strangulation technique used.
These immediate threats to the brain and body, including death and brain damage, make auto-erotic asphyxiation one of the riskiest of all sexual behaviors.
Thank goodness that the poor young man does not have to live with this. What a bizarre and tragic occurrence.
I suspect some spinning with a good motive behind it.
Asthma is an allergic reaction.
Truth is reliably stranger than fiction.
Good chance here 'someone' blocked here airway while being a little frisky.
I would guess that the lack of oxygen was caused by the peanut allergy.
"Asthma is an allergic reaction."
often, but not always
Yes, this is cerainly a most confusing statement. It seems to add nothing, it resolves nothing.
Further info from here...
"The Canadian Association of Food Allergies intended to use the Desforges case to launch an education campaign," he said. "I had to tell them the cause of death was different than first believed."
Miron also said the teen didn't receive a shot of adrenalin immediately after being kissed. It was reported the shot hadn't penetrated her skin.
He said scientific journals had contacted him questioning the use of adrenalin and how it's injected.
But he said the teen didn't use her syringe to give herself a shot of adrenalin because she didn't have any allergic reaction to peanut butter.
A reporter for Le Quotidien But no one at the scientific level was able to succeed quickly at confirming the cause (of her death), said Louis Tremblay.
The proof has now shown thats not what happened, he added.
One media report at the time also said that, along with being allergic to peanut butter, Desforges was also asthmatic.
A friend, who was with Desforges when she became ill, told a Radio-Canada reporter last November that the young girl told him she thought her asthma was acting up.
But, I'm afraid the peanut-butter theory is now too ingrained into the public mind to ever suffer the truth.
Ummm, not to be too much of a literalist, but isn't ALL death (other than being blown to bits maybe) caused by "oxygen deprivation to the brain"?
lol you know, i thought that too. no breathing and then the heart stops. gee.
I certainly don't mean to make light of this tragedy, but the title of this thread amused me to no end.
Dollars to donuts that it was sexually related...either choking herself to get high or both doing it to eachother and she went down for the count.
you can't really help it since the coroner doens't really say what killed her. not peanut butter. that narrows it down i guess...
"lol you know, i thought that too. no breathing and then the heart stops. gee."
Or, the heart stops, and then no blood goes to the brain.
Or the pancreas stops working, causing organs to break down, which causes the heart to stop, so no blood goes to the brain.
Or you're cut and the blood goes out on the street and not into your brain.
Seems like no matter how you dice and slice it, the leading and only cause of death (other than being blown to bits) is oxygen deprivation to the brain.
That's what kills most people. But what caused the lack of oxygen to the brain? Cerebral anoxia is caused by something else. It sounds like the doctors are spinning the story for the families. You just don't get cerebral anoxia out of the blue. She may very well have died from a peanut allergy. But there has to be some underlying condition to cause lack of oxygen to the brain.
That is what happens to people that are allergic to peanuts. When thy contact the aroma of peanuts, they can't breathe.
the first article i read about this was just the coroner saying that it wasn't peanut allergy that killed her, he wanted that to be known as soon as possible because it was about to be written up in a medical journal. i hope there will be a follow up on this some time soon.
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