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Girl Who Choked on Lunch at School Dies: Family Attorney

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    The 7-year-old girl who was put on life support after family members say she choked on food during lunch at her Brooklyn school last week has died, the family attorney says. 

    Noelia Echaverria, a second-grader at P.S. 250 in Williamsburg, choked on food at school last Wednesday and was left brain dead while on life support, according to her family. 

    She died Friday night. 

    A paramedic for a private company told NBC 4 New York earlier in the week he was transporting a patient back to a nearby nursing home in an ambulance and was stopped at a red light when a school safety officer and another person started banging on his door for help.

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    A 7-year-old girl is on life support after family members say she choked on food during lunch at her Brooklyn school last week. Ida Siegal reports
    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015)

    "I seen the 7- to 8-year-old on the floor, blue in the lips," Qwaise Reid said. 

    He said children and adults were crowded around Echaverria, who was not breathing or talking, and had foam coming out of her mouth.

    Reid and the girl’s family have said they think the school could have acted more quickly in calling 911.

    "I believe no one called 911 before they came to me, because they would most likely have been there before me," Reid said.

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    Noelia Eschaverria's family is now wondering if the school waited too long to call 911 after the incident happened. Ray Villeda reports
    (Published Monday, Oct. 26, 2015)

    FDNY said the department received the call at 2:33 p.m. and was at the school less than five minutes later.

    NBC 4 New York asked the Department of Education how quickly 911 was called and it said the school followed protocol by calling 911 and the girl’s parents, but did not offer further explanation.

    Uncle Alexis Santiago said he went back to the school to ask what had happened to his niece but didn’t get any answers.

    "The principal, the dean, the security guards… They closed the door and said, 'Go to the hospital to find out,'" Alexis Santiago said.

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