CLEMSON, S.C. — The parents of a 4-year-old girl are crediting an Anderson County deputy for getting medical help their child desperately needed.Katie Ann Glaser started walking to Memorial Stadium to watch a Clemson football game when her mother said the little girl started coughing and had an upset stomach.Minutes before, Katie Ann Glaser had eaten a brownie with pecans in it.Katie Ann’s parents didn’t know their daughter had a tree nut allergy and, at first, thought the little girl was simply having a slight asthma attack, something they dealt with from time to time.On the way to the stadium, the parents stopped and asked Anderson County Investigator Tracy call the location of the nearest first aid stand, never really believing they’d need it.”I could look at her and tell she needed more than just going to the first aid stand. she needed somebody then,” said call.Call’s young son also has a tree nut allergy and knowing the symptoms, he called for an ambulance instead of letting the family go into the game.”Within 15 minutes of having taking the first bite of a brownie, that she didn’t even like, we were in the back of an ambulance,” said Marianne Glaser, Katie Ann’s mother. “That’s when her lips started swelling, and she broke out in the body hives, and (her nose) just started running and her eyes got red and (there was) facial swelling.”Katie Ann Glaser was treated at the hospital and released later the same afternoon.the 4-year-old now has to carry around an Epipen, which gives an epinephrine injection, if needed.”The Clemson personnel, the police department, the first responders there had it under control before we, as parents, knew there was something to be under control,” said Marianne Glaser.”I’m just glad that everything turned out OK,” said call.Marianne Glaser was able to thank call by phone Tuesday.”I just want to make sure you hear me say thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. my husband and I have talked about it and we tried to say if it wasn’t for you saying that day that we needed a medic to come and give (Katie Ann) attention, would we have gone into the football game? Would we have picked up on these signs? And, I just don’t know that the answer would have been yes,” said Marianne Glaser during the phone call. “Just the simple thing of you taking concern for her, out of the people who were there that day, making us feel like we were an individual that really mattered and you want to take extra care of, we really appreciate you.”According to the Mayo Clinic, the following are symptoms of a food allergy: tingling or itching in the mouth; hives, itching or eczema; swelling of the lips, face, tongue and throat, or other parts of the body; wheezing, nasal congestion or trouble breathing; abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting; dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting.
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