Picture a young family enjoying their first visit to one of the Disney parks. It’s a blazing-hot afternoon in June and they’ve been touring since the park opened. The children are starting to get fussy – it’s time to head back to the resort for a nap. They whine at the mention of leaving, but settle down after the parents announce they will stop for ice cream on their way out of the park.
Sitting in her stroller, little Mary is attempting to eat her first Mickey bar all by herself. Soon her face, hands, and bib are covered with chocolate. Onlookers smile. “Adorable!” they coo.
At the bus stop her father snaps half a dozen pictures of his messy girl. Mary begins to blink and cough. Her mother pats her gently on the back, imagining that a mouthful went down the wrong way. She pulls out a sippy-cup filled with water. The toddler takes it, but the liquid makes her gag. “Mama,” she cries in a hoarse voice, rubbing her eyes furiously. Soon her face is covered with raised red welts and her lips have swollen to twice their normal size. The coughing turns to wheezing. Her parents begin to panic as they realize their daughter is having difficulty breathing…
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