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TV star blasts airline for ‘complete negligence’ after being rushed to hospital for near-fatal reaction

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Former Love Island star Jack Fowler has revealed a horrific incident that left him needing oxygen tanks and being rushed to hospital.

The reality star, 28, shared a post on social media and explained that he suffered an allergic reaction on a flight, despite checking multiple times whether nuts were in the food he was being served.

After revealing his horrific experience, Jack appeared on today’s Good Morning Britain where he shared further details and also called for a nut ban on all planes.

Jack first shared his near-death reaction in a video that showed him injecting himself with an Epipen while on the flight, and several images receiving treatment with oxygen tanks and in hospital.

He captioned the post: ‘Can’t believe I’m having to post this. And I’m posting because people should be aware of the severity of how bad food allergies can be and the complete negligence from @emirates airline.

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‘I recently flew with Emirates Airline where I was given a Cashew Nut. I made my flight attendant aware of my nut allergy twice before being given a chicken curry.

‘I wasn’t given a menu to chose from, instead I was asked directly if I wanted chicken or fish. I opted for the chicken. When I asked for the chicken I told the air-host that I’m severely allergic to all nuts. I was then told that there was no nuts in the chicken curry.

‘When I received the meal I asked the same flight attendant again to make sure, and again was told that it does not have nuts included. Trusting my flight attendant I began to eat the chicken curry. Immediately my throat closed up and breathing became extremely difficult.’

Jack Fowler using an oxygen mask
Jack revealed the incident took place on a recent flight (Picture: _jackfowler_/Instagram)
Jack Fowler hooked up to medical equipment
He was immediately rushed to hospital for emergency treatment (Picture: _jackfowler_/Instagram)
Jack Fowler in promotional imagery for Love Island
Jack appeared on Love Island in 2018 (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

He went on to explain that he told a flight attendant about his difficulty breathing and checked about nuts again, but was told that there weren’t any in the food.

At that point, a friend he was flying with asked for a menu and Jack discovered his meal was a ‘creamy cashew nut chicken curry’, sharing a picture he took of the menu that stated it.

Jack went on: ‘This left me with the real possibility of dying on the plane as I knew I needed emergency treatment immediately.

‘I was given five tanks of Oxygen, as well as administering my Adrenaline Pen (Epi Pen). I told the flight supervisor “If you don’t land this plane soon, I will die on this plane”. This then lead to the pilot speeding up the journey.

‘Once we landed I was rushed into Dubai’s airport Hospital where I continued treatment. What needs to happen for Airlines to take food allergies seriously??’

Jack Fowler injecting himself with an epi-pen
Jack was forced to inject himself with an epipen after the reaction to a cashew nut curry (Picture: _jackfowler_/Instagram)
Jack Fowler hooked up to medical equipment
He required five oxygen tanks (Picture: _jackfowler_/Instagram)

On GMB, Jack recalled the incident to hosts Ed Balls and Susanna Reid and said he required five tanks of oxygen to help overcome the severe allergic reaction.

Calling for a nut ban on flights, he said: ‘I just think: what is it going to take? What is it going to take until nuts are taken off flights completely?

‘The amount of people in my comments on Instagram, direct messaging, saying they are completely relating to what happened, whether or not it’s them firsthand, it’s their friends, it might be the parents of a young child who’s also got an anaphylaxis to food.

‘It’s incredible that nuts are still served on flights. The rate of allergies in younger people is on the up. And I just feel like it’s a sign of the times where people need to be looked after on these flights.’

Jack Fowler in a white shirt smiling on Love Island
Jack feared dying on the plane (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

The TV star added: ‘I think people need to really understand the severity of allergies and I think there’s a lot of ignorance in some people.’

Jack’s followers and friends flocked to the comments to share their support for him, with Montana Brown writing: ‘I hope you’re ok this is SO bad.’

Last year, Jack suffered a similar ordeal, after a reaction onboard a Qatar Airways flight.

He said his ‘throat closed up’ when he was served vanilla ice cream that had pistachio nuts hidden within it, and described himself as ‘extremely lucky’.

In the post, he also encouraged allergy sufferers to speak up and not to ‘feel like you are being a nuisance’ for having a dietary requirement.

Jack found fame on Love Island in 2022, forging connections with Laura Anderson and Laura Crane, before being dumped from the island.

A spokesperson for Emirates told Metro.co.uk in a statement: ‘We are sorry to hear of Mr Fowler’s experience and our teams on ground are providing him with all possible assistance. The safety and health of our customers is taken very seriously.

‘While Emirates aims to cater to customers with specific needs by offering a variety of special meals that cover medical, dietary, and religious requirements, we cannot guarantee a nut-free inflight environment. We urge travellers with dietary or other medical requirements to check our website and consult their doctor before travel. Link: https://www.emirates.com/ae/english/before-you-fly/health/.’

Metro.co.uk has approached Emirates for comment.

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