Published: Thu, April 06, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Student who choked on pancakes at contest died of asphyxia

Student who choked on pancakes at contest died of asphyxia

The death of a 20-year-old college student who competed in a pancake-eating contest last week in CT may have been the result of choking or a food allergy, among the many dangers associated with competitive eating.

She was later transported to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and died three days later on Sunday, April 2.

Two nursing students tried to help Caitlin Nelson when she began to choke during the event.

Nelson's father, James, was a Port Authority police officer who died during the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center when Caitlin was just 5 years old, the Connecticut Post reports.

"The service was followed by an impromptu candlelight vigil as community members consoled one another and offered prayers for Caitlin and her family and friends", university spokesperson Deborah Noack said in a statement.

Nelson's father, James Nelson, was a Port Authority police officer who died in the 9/11 attack when Caitlin was 5. He was killed while trying to rescue people trapped in one of the World Trade Center towers.

Caitlin was just five-years-old at the time.

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Although Nelson had several food allergies, Kalamaras said it was determined they were not a contributing factor.

Nelson was a social work major at SHU and wanted to pursue a career working with children. I want to remind everyone that counselors from the counseling center and from Campus Ministry are available to any student, faculty or staff who want to avail themselves of those services. Officers who responded to the scene were unsuccessful in clearing her airway, Lt.

Last September, 15 years after the attacks, Caitlin Nelson posted a picture on Facebook of herself with her father.

Paul Nunziato, president of the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association, said, "My heart is broken for Caitlin's family".

Gary McNamara, the chief of police in Fairfield, said Nelson's death has been hard on police officers as well.

Her organs will be donated, PEOPLE confirms. In her free time, she volunteered for a non-profit helping people affected by the Sandy Hook mass shooting.

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