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Mother's warning as Emerade pen fails to work after daughter with allergy eats curry

A mother from Surrey is warning parents of children with allergies to check the adrenaline pens they have are not faulty.

Claire Flanagan had to rush her daughter Caoimhe to hospital after she had a reaction to a curry which contained peanuts and their adrenaline pen did not work.

She said to me 'mummy, I've got something on my lips'. She thought there was something on her lips. But her lips were starting to swell out.

I pressed the Emerade pen as hard as I could into her thigh and I couldn't see any piercing and I couldn't see any blood - I didn't know if there should be blood.

– Claire Flanagan, Caoimhe's mum

Caoimhe was going into anaphylactic shock and was struggling to breathe. Luckily, an ambulance arrived in time to take her to A&E where she could get the adrenaline she needed to stabilize her.

Two weeks ago the UK's medicine regulator issued a warning about Emerade pens saying that sometimes the needle can become blocked so they can't release adrenaline. It's thought to affect around two in every thousand.

Bausch and Lomb, the company that makes the pens told ITV News they're aware of the issue and are working to fix it. Claire says she had no idea about the fault until it was too late.

It was the anger that I felt that this had happened and that it could still happen.

I put it on my Facebook page, I've contacted the school, I've contacted a friend who's got a travel website. I'm trying to do what I can to make people aware.

But I'm not sure why it's me who's doing this.

– Claire Flanagan, Caoimhe's mum

The government say there's a shortage of adrenaline pens on the market so recalling them is not an option.

Claire wants anyone else who has one to check the serial number online before they need it.