Antibiotic reaction sends 19-year-old to UCI burn unit

December 12, 2014 4:50 AM

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Antibiotic reaction sends 19-year-old to UCI burn unit

Yaasmeen Castanada lies in the burn unit at UC Irvine Medical Center completely bandaged in white gauze, except for her lips and eyes, which are bloody, black and swollen shut – not because she had been trapped in a fire, but because she had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic.

“She came to a point where she asked me, ‘Has anyone died from this?’” Laura Corona, the 19-year-old’s mother, said. “She was saying, ‘I’m tried. My body is tired.’ She was scared.”

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