Teen Died From Eating What?

(TheIndependentStar.com) – In an unfortunate outcome, a Massachusetts high school student tragically died after eating a spicy chip, which triggered a fatal reaction due to its high concentration of chili pepper extract.

An autopsy revealed that 14-year-old Harry Wolobah died from cardiopulmonary arrest “in the setting of recent ingestion of food substance with high capsaicin concentration.”

A spokesperson for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Elaine Driscoll, disclosed that Wolobah had an enlarged heart and a congenital heart defect, which may have contributed to the complications following the chip ingestion.

The teenager, a sophomore at Doherty Memorial High School, initially complained of a stomach ache after participating in the spicy chip challenge.

He was sent home by the school nurse and later lost consciousness, and he was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly thereafter.

Wolobah’s mother, Lois, argued that her son should have been taken directly to a hospital instead of being sent home.

In response to the incident, the Texas-based manufacturer of the 2023 Paqui Carolina Reaper + Naga Viper Pepper chip Paqui withdrew the product from retail locations six days after the kids’ death.

The challenge associated with the chip, known as the One Chip Challenge, was marketed primarily to adults.

The company stated, “While the Paqui One Chip Challenge is intended for adults only, we have seen an increase in teen usage of the product. […] The product’s label clearly states it is not for children or anyone sensitive to spicy foods or who has food allergies, is pregnant or has underlying health conditions.”

Despite being pulled from shelves, the chip, packaged in a coffin-shaped box featuring a green snake and a blood-red skull, was still available for purchase online as of the last report.

The Superintendent of Doherty High School, Dr. Rachel Monárrez, announced the student’s death to the school community, describing Wolobah as a “rising star” and expressing condolences to his family.

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