THE seven-year-old son of a QVH employee has died on half-term holiday in Italy after a waiter apparently misunderstood a warning that he was allergic to dairy products.
Cameron Wahid was with his parents Cassandra and Rizwan, and his younger brother Aidan, in Sorrento.
But after visiting the historic coastal town of Amalfi last Tuesday, the family stopped with other coach passengers to have lunch in Scala where Cameron ate half a bowl of pasta with home-made tomato sauce, and fruit.
But soon after re-boarding the coach Cameron went into anaphylactic shock and had a cardiac arrest.
He was revived by a doctor at the scene and taken to hospital, but when his condition worsened he was flown to a specialist children’s hospital in Naples where he died on Friday.
Police are now investigating exactly what caused the allergic reaction, and whether cheese was inadvertently added to his lunch dish.
The family, who are now back in the UK, are said to be “devastated” by the death of Cameron, a keen footballer with D&D Footie Focus.
A tribute to him on the Club’s facebook page said “RIP Cameron Wahid.
“You will never be forgotten mate. We will all miss you and we know you will be playing football in the Heavens above.
“Such a sad loss – one of East Grinstead’s little gems is now a little angel.”
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “Our deepest sympathies are with the family following this tragic death. Our staff are continuing to support them during this difficult time.”