Sunday, March 5, 2006; Posted: 1:09 p.m. EST (18:09 GMT)
SAGUENAY, Quebec (AP) -- A 15-year-old girl with a peanut allergy did not die from kissing her boyfriend following his peanut butter snack, a coroner said Friday, countering reports that drew international attention last year.
Saguenay coroner Michel Miron said Christina Desforges' death had a different cause. But he refused further disclosure, saying he first wanted to report to the provincial coroner and examine more test results.
Miron said he was speaking out now to head off an allergy group's plan to use the case as an example in an awareness effort.
"The Canadian Association of Food Allergies intended to use the Desforges case to launch an education campaign," he said. "I had to tell them the cause of death was different than first believed."
Miron wasn't available for further comment late Friday afternoon as Associated Press calls to his home went unanswered. Saguenay is about 155 miles north of Quebec City.
Christina Desforges died in a Quebec hospital in November. Reports at the time said doctors were unable to treat her allergic reaction to the kiss the previous weekend.
As the girl began feeling ill, friends called an ambulance, and she collapsed as it arrived. She died four days later.
Damnit. I hate it when people don't actually die in the comical and ironic manner in which you first thought they died. It takes all the joy out of life. Gone are all the allusions you could make regarding the kiss of death in this case, or offhanded comments about killer peanut butter crackers. Damn the press or whoever for getting this wrong. Though....maybe if the boyfriend really injected her with some fast-acting heart stopping poison in the middle of their kiss and used his peanut butter kisses to hide it, that would be sorta spiffy too. I hope it's something interesting and she didn't just drop dead from some sort of congential defect of some sort. That would just be boring.