“Mother Urges Warning on Protein Shake that Triggered Acute Reaction in Son, Resulting in Death”

By | August 18, 2023

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A mother is calling for a health warning to be added to protein shakes after her teenage son died from an acute reaction to the product. Rohan Godhania, 16, fell ill after consuming a protein shake and died three days later. His cause of death was identified as a rare disease called ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency, which can be triggered by a protein load. The mother is urging the company, Ultimate Sports Nutrition (USN), to add a warning to the product to prevent similar incidents in the future. The coroner will send a report to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to consider adding warnings to high-protein drinks and supplements. Keryn Donnelly reported

A mother is urging for a health warning to be added to a protein shake that led to her teenage son’s death. Rohan Godhania, from Ealing, west London, fell ill after consuming a protein shake in August 2020, and three days later, he died at West Middlesex Hospital due to irreversible brain damage. It was later discovered that Rohan had a rare disease called ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency, which caused a buildup of ammonia in his bloodstream. The protein shake had triggered an acute reaction in him, according to the senior coroner at the inquest into his death. The coroner plans to send a report to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to request a warning label on high-protein drinks and supplements, highlighting the potential risks to individuals with urea cycle disorders. Pushpa Godhania, Rohan’s mother, has revealed that the protein shake her son consumed was made from Ultimate Sports Nutrition (USN) protein powder purchased from Tesco. She is now calling on USN to add an additional warning to their product in order to prevent similar tragedies from occurring. Pushpa intends to contact USN directly to request the warning and believes that it should be communicated in simple language to ensure understanding among consumers. The inquest highlighted the lack of mention of the risk for individuals with OTC on the product’s packaging and expressed concerns about the availability of such products without adequate warnings. Dr. Christopher Carswell, a consultant neurologist, also suggested the addition of a health warning. USN has yet to comment on the matter. The coroner concluded that Rohan’s OTC deficiency was not diagnosed and emphasized the missed opportunity for medical intervention that could have potentially saved his life..