Newcastle single mum of three dies suddenly after eating snack with peanuts 1

Newcastle single mum of three dies suddenly after eating snack with peanuts

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Inside mum-of-three’s shocking three-day health spiral when a simple snack killed her – as shattered family demand answers

  • Single mother-of-three with peanut allergy died after eating snack with allergen
  • Hanna Scigala, 31, had been very careful in choosing her foods her entire life
  • She ate snack that unknowingly contained peanuts when she suffered reaction 
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A single mother-of-three who was allergic to peanuts died suddenly after unknowingly eating a snack containing the allergen.

Hanna Scigala, 31, suffered a fatal anaphylactic attack after eating the snack at her home in Newcastle, on the NSW coast, on January 4.

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Her condition spiralled quickly and she went into cardiac arrest, suffered brain swelling and was declared brain dead before passing away on January 7. 

She leaves behind a 12-year-old, nine-year-old and three-year-old boy who will now be looked after by their grandparents. 

A single mother-of-three who was allergic to peanuts died suddenly after unknowingly eating a snack containing the allergen

A single mother-of-three who was allergic to peanuts died suddenly after unknowingly eating a snack containing the allergen

Hanna Scigala, 31, suffered a fatal anaphylactic attack after eating the snack at her home in Newcastle, on the NSW coast, on January 4

Hanna Scigala, 31, suffered a fatal anaphylactic attack after eating the snack at her home in Newcastle, on the NSW coast, on January 4

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Her death has come as a complete shock to the family who say the single mother was always careful with the foods she ate.

Ms Scigala had been with her three children at home when she started to feel peckish and she reached for a snack. She had no idea it contained traces of peanuts.

The single mother immediately recognised the signs of an allergic reaction and rushed down the stairs and into the garage for the Epipen she kept in her car.

She administered the dose of adrenaline before calling an ambulance while her horrified nine-year-old son phoned family to come and help.

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A neighbour managed to perform CPR until paramedics arrived and wheeled her into an ambulance.

Ms Scigala went into cardiac arrest on the way to hospital but paramedics were successfully able to treat her. 

But her condition continued to deteriorate the following day with the single mother suffering from brain swelling before she was declared brain dead on January 6.

Her devastated sister Stephanie as ‘inspiring’ and ‘very fun to be around’.

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She leaves behind a 12-year-old, nine-year-old and three-year-old who will now be looked after by their grandparents

She leaves behind a 12-year-old, nine-year-old and three-year-old who will now be looked after by their grandparents

‘As a mum, I think her favorite thing to do was to introduce the kids to new things so they could develop new interests,’ she said.

‘Whatever she could think of or saw that she thought they might like she’d get them involved. She’d put them before anyone else.’

Stephanie has launched a GoFundMe to raise money for her children. The campaign was set up to raise $7,000, but has already drawn in $29,792 in donations. 

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‘With their grandfather retired and grandmother working only part time, this go fund me has been made in hopes to help them be able to financially provide for their grandchildren,’ Stephanie wrote.

‘These funds will also go towards funeral arrangements and any other memorial type of function.’

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