Girl, 1, rushed to hospital after drinking Poundstretcher blackcurrant juice ‘smelling like nail varnish remover’

Girl, 1, rushed to hospital after drinking Poundstretcher blackcurrant juice ‘smelling like nail varnish remover’

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A LITTLE girl was rushed to hospital after taking one sip of an own-brand Poundstretcher blackcurrant drink which reportedly stank of nail varnish remover.

One-year-old Hunter Easterbrook was spending time with her dad, Karl Easterbrook, 36, when she started gagging after drinking the ‘Cool Crush’ from Poundstretcher’s Swindon branch on Friday.

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Hunter was rushed to A+E after taking one sip from the Cool Crush bottle[/caption]

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Poundstretcher say they have recalled the drink from the shelves[/caption]

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Her parents claim the juice smelled of acetone[/caption]

Poundstretcher has now recalled Cool Crush drinks from shelves nationwide.

Mum Chloe-Louise Durrant, 31, said: “The first I heard of it was a panicked text from Karl telling me he was on the phone to NHS 111 and Hunter had drunk something she shouldn’t have.

“I went into a panic, rushing to meet them, because we had no idea what she’d drunk.

“All we knew, is that she’d drunk the first bottle fine, but the second, she kept spitting out and this vile smell was coming from it.

“I looked at the liquid, which was almost clear, and it smelt like it does when you walk into a nail bar.

“On the advice of the 111 caller, we raced to A+E but doctors told us there was little they could do – as they didn’t know what was in the bottle either.

PANICKING PARENTS

The project management assistant added: “Hunter seemed a little more whiny than usual and she kept making like gag noises for a while.

“But all we could do was have her kept under observation for six hours and ensure she kept drinking fluids.

“The hospital urged us to do something about it as they didn’t have the facilities to test the drink to find what the liquid was.

“They didn’t want to have another child every other week and to then still be unaware as to what it was that they would be treating.

“Still, a few days on from Hunter won’t drink out of another bottle and she’ll only drink out of normal cups. ”

We had a lucky escape


Hunter's mum, Chloe-Louise

Karl, a mechanical engineer, claims he went back to the Swindon Poundstretcher store to complain to the manager.

Karl added: “The products need taking off the shelf, and the management team need retraining as they simply asked another member of staff to try the liquid which would be dangerous.

“I’m just grateful Hunter is at an age where she knows to spit something out if it’s not right.”

Chloe added: “We had a lucky escape, our little girl is okay but this could have been so much worse.

“Please do not buy these drinks and warn anyone you know.”

Poundstretcher said: “We would like to apologise and wish the Easterbrook family well regarding this isolated incident that occurred last week.

“We have been in contact with them through our customer services department and have co-operated with them in providing further assistance and information.


“Upon being informed of the incident, we immediately recalled both the blackcurrant and orange variants from all our stores.

“The supplier has also been made aware of the incident and has been advised to investigate further with the family. We are currently awaiting a response from the manufacturer as to the cause and the steps taken to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

“Our store operations department have been advised to look into re-training our staff on what they should do if a similar incident should arise in the future.”

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The liquid from the bottle was almost clear[/caption]

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Hunter’s parents claim she made gagging noises after drinking from the bottle[/caption]

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Chloe-Louise Durrant received a panicked text from Hunter’s dad[/caption]

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Karl says he went back to the Swindon Poundstretcher store to complain to the manager[/caption]


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