Doctor Dies After Disney Restaurant’s Allergy ‘Guarantee’ – Lawsuit Reveals Shocking Details

A New York City doctor lost her life shortly after consuming a meal at a popular Disney World restaurant that allegedly failed to cater to her severe allergies. Dr. Kanokporn Tangsuan, a respected physician at NYU Langone Hospital, was enjoying dinner at Raglan Road Irish Pub in Disney Springs on October 5, accompanied by her husband, Jeffrey Piccolo, and his mother.

According to a recently filed wrongful death lawsuit by Piccolo, Tangsuan, who had severe allergies to dairy and nuts, took precautions by informing their waiter of her dietary restrictions. The lawsuit asserts that both Disney and Raglan Road claim to accommodate individuals with special food allergies.

Despite Tangsuan’s explicit request for allergen-free options, the lawsuit claims that her meal, which included broccoli and corn fritter, scallops, and onion rings, was not entirely free of allergens. The waiter, after allegedly consulting with the chef, assured the couple that the food was allergen-free.

Tangsuan experienced a strong allergic response while she was alone in a neighboring store forty-five minutes after she had finished eating her dinner. This was a very distressing occurrence. She instantly administered her EpiPen, but her health soon deteriorated because of the medication. 

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Lawsuit Against Disney World

A New York City doctor lost her life shortly after consuming a meal at a popular Disney World restaurant that allegedly failed to cater to her severe allergies.

She unfortunately passed away as a result of anaphylaxis, which was brought on by the presence of high quantities of dairy and nuts in her system. Emergency services were contacted, and she was quickly evacuated to the hospital.

Piccolo is now seeking $50,000 in damages from Raglan Road and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Inc. under Florida’s wrongful death act. The lawsuit includes claims for mental pain and suffering, loss of income, and coverage of medical and funeral expenses.

The legal action contends that Disney failed in its duty to properly educate, train, and instruct its employees to ensure that food marked as allergen-free or requested to be allergen-free was genuinely devoid of allergens. Despite the severity of the incident, Disney has not yet responded to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Attorney Brian Denney, representing Piccolo, emphasized that his client’s primary objective is to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future. Denney stated, “It’s very important to him that people are aware that people with severe allergies like this should be taken seriously. And he doesn’t want this to happen to anybody else’s family.” The lawsuit sheds light on the crucial need for heightened awareness and stringent measures to safeguard individuals with severe allergies.

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