A TEENAGER was rushed to hospital on his 15th birthday when he suffered his first allergic nut reaction.
Robert Cockings, aged 15, spoke of his ordeal to raise awareness of life-threatening allergies as part of National Food Allergy and Intolerance Week.
Robert, of Grenoside, said he wanted people to realise allergies can suddenly develop even in the mid-teens.
His face swelled up and he could not breathe after eating a celebratory chocolate and was rushed to A&E at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Robert said: “At first I thought I was short of breath due to my asthma, but as the swelling got worse and the blisters appeared I knew there was something wrong.”
Mum Julie said: “I never thought someone could develop an allergic reaction at this age.”
Robert is being treated at the hospital’s Allergy Clinic.