By Edward Trower-
A TODDLER with a life-threatening dairy allergy was hospitalized after eating a ‘vegan’ pizza at a Blackpool restaurant.
2-year-old Zayaan Hussain went into anaphylactic shock after eating a child’s Margherita pizza at Pizza Hut, Church Street, on Sunday.
His dad Sajid, 33, from Shipley told staff at the restaurant about his son’s allergy and asked them four times about possible cross-contamination, but was reassured that the ‘vegan’ pizza given to his son was completely safe.
However, just minutes after eating his meal, the toddler began vomiting and struggling to breathe.
Sajid said: “Even when we received the pizza, I wouldn’t let him eat it before re-confirming that it was definitely dairy-free. They said it was, so he ate the pizza.
“Ten minutes went by and he just started shutting down. He wasn’t responding to me or my wife. Something wasn’t right.”
Sajid and wife Samia, also 33, gave Zayaan his inhaler and a dose of Piriton and called for an ambulance.
Sajid said: “While I was on the phone he was violently sick everywhere.
“It actually got worse as we got to the hospital. There were talks of him having to be resuscitated. Luckily my wife had the Epipens with her.”
Zayaan was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital with his parents and seven-year-old sister, Amara, where he spent two days.
Pizza Hut has now admitted the toddler was given the wrong dish due to ‘human error’.
Businessman Sajid said: “It was absolutely horrific. We could have lost our son that day.
“It was a very, very traumatic experience and not one I would ever want to go through again.”
A Pizza Hut spokesman said: “We are in contact with the family involved and are very sorry for what happened.
“We realise it was an unacceptable situation and have already completed an internal investigation with the Hut, which found that the wrong pizza was given to the family as a result of human error.
We will share the full investigation findings with the Hussain family and are taking appropriate action at this restaurant to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”