YUCAIPA, Calif. (KABC)– Edith Sepulveda lost her 13-year-old daughter Adilene Carrasco in 2019 to a fatal asthma attack.
Adilene’s class at Mesa View Middle School in Calimesa was heading to the soccer field for a science project when she had an asthma attack.
She had a known history of asthma attacks that was documented by the school.
She brought this breathing problem to the attention of her teacher, and her teacher allowed her to go back into the classroom with a friend to get her inhaler.
When the inhaler didn’t help, she went back to the soccer field to ask the teacher if she could go to the nurse.
The same teacher allowed her to leave, but with a classmate, in violation of school safety procedures.
If a student has difficulty breathing, an adult should accompany the child to the nurse.
“Adilene had to run 4,000 feet, 1,300 yards, which is the equivalent of 13 football fields,” said Robert Glassman of the law firm Panish, Shea, Boyle, Ravipudi LLP.
Adilene collapsed and paramedics took her to the hospital, where her family said goodbye to her nine days later.
She is survived by her mother, brother and sister. Adilene’s family recently received a $15.75 million settlement from the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District. But they want more to be done so other families don’t suffer.
“We intend to create sound legislation that will make schools across California safer for students and their families who suffer and suffer from asthma,” Glassman said.
The school district has also agreed to adopt the California School Board Association’s best practices for school-based asthma management.
“What I’m doing is for them, so no other family has to go through what we went through,” said Edith Sepulveda.
The Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District did not respond to a request for comment.
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