Girl's effort allows anti-shock device to be carried in schools.
With the help of her mother, Blair Ryan, a registered nurse, Kelsey began pushing for a change and made a trip to Tallahassee to lobby. The bill went through several legislative committees and no one testified against it.
TALLAHASSEE -- Nine-yearold Kelsey Ryan is severely allergic to peanuts. If she were to eat one -- or even something with peanut oil in it -- "I would probably die," she says.
So everywhere she goes she carries an EpiPen, a needle that allows her to give herself a quick injection of epinephrine to reverse the swelling of an allergic reaction that would close her airway.
At her school, all her teachers know about it, and the device is with her in the classroom. But in some Florida school districts, children can't have them on their person -- they're usually kept in the office. A new law that Kelsey pushed changes that so kids who need them can carry them.
"It makes me feel very good," Kelsey said before meeting with Gov. Jeb Bush on Monday.
Bush signed the bill, named the Kelsey Ryan Act, last month, and it takes effect Jan. 1.
Kelsey, who will be a fourthgrader next year at Celebration K-8 School in the Orlando suburb of Celebration, said when she found out that kids in some other schools might not be able to give themselves an injection in time, she thought it wasn't fair.
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Jun 23, '05
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