WCAX Peanut Allergy Treatment PKG, 4/26/13
By Cat Viglienzoni — May 13, 2013
This was the reporter piece I shot on the same day I anchored (see previous post), and I loved the story.
It’s about a family whose young boy has a peanut allergy so severe that exposure to peanuts used to require hospitalization. Then, thanks to a program to desensitize him to peanuts by slowly increasing his exposure to peanut flour, he can now eat three peanut M&Ms and not see any reaction.
Check out his story, which aired first on April 25 at 6 p.m. and the next morning at 5 a.m. (shown below) and 6 a.m.:
The important thing to note is that he is not cured — what this does it it makes it possible for him to eat things that probably don’t contain any large amount of peanuts, or come into contact with traces of peanuts, and not have a reaction. So it’s peace of mind for him and his family, but not a permanent solution. And if he stops eating the peanut M&Ms, he will lose that desensitization. It also may not be as useful for someone who has multiple nut allergies, since it only targets peanuts.
For more information, visit the story on our website.
It was a fun story to shoot — especially since he was very excited to be on TV!