Teenager dies after eating chocolate

A SOUTH Yorkshire teenager who suffered from a severe peanut allergy has died after biting into a chocolate bar.

Dexter Skinner, aged 16, a student at Maltby Comprehensive, was rushed to Rotherham General Hospital suffering from anaphylactic shock.

The youngster spent 48 hours in the intensive care unit before he died with members of his family present.

It is not known why Dexter ate the chocolate bar because he was familiar with the foods which triggered off his allergy.

They are also hoping to trace two men who stopped to help Dexter after he collapsed in the street in Swinton so they can thank them personally. The men gave him emergency first aid before the ambulance arrived at around 8.45am on Monday June 30.

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Dexter's parents, from Maltby, are refusing to talk about his death, but a spokesman for the family said: "If anyone knows these people, Dexter's parents would like to pass on their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to those who helped that morning and enabled him to be transported to hospital for further medical attention."

Dexter, a mountain bike enthusiast, had just completed his GCSEs and intended to return to Maltby Comprehensive in September to continue his studies.

Headteacher David Sutton said the youngster was an inspiration and a true ambassador in the Maltby community.

He said: "All the staff and students who knew Dexter are deeply saddened. We realise that his family and friends will be in a state of shock while trying to come to terms with the situation.

"He was a popular young man who worked hard in and out of school to become successful."

Online tribute sites have been set up for Dexter on Facebook, YouTube and Bebo where friends have left messages which say the youngster was "a great friend to all" and described him as "caring and sweet".

Maltby Comprehensive, working with Dexter's family, has set up a tribute page in his memory which can be accessed via the school's website maltby.rotherham.sch.uk.

Dexter's funeral will be held at St Bartholomew's Church, Maltby, at 11.30am on Tuesday, followed by a private cremation.

Anyone with information about the men who helped Dexter when he collapsed can contact Georgina Hill at Maltby Comprehensive on 01709 812864 or call The Star newsdesk on 0114 2521346.


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