TALLAHASSEE, FL - Nine-year-old Kelsey Ryan of Celebration has convinced state lawmakers and Governor Jeb Bush to allow children to carry a life-saving medical tool with them at school.
On June 20th, Governor Bush signed the plan into law with Kelsey standing at his side in his office. The new law lets children with life-threatening allergies carry an EpiPen and self administer the medicine if they have a reaction to food or insect stings.
The device has a needle that injects a dose of epinephrine. A lot of schools don't allow children to carry EpiPens and they're usually kept in the office. Kelsey is severely allergic to peanuts and says she would
"probably die" if she ate one. So she carries an EpiPen everywhere. She estimates that the new law, which takes effect January 1st of 2006, will have an impact on 100,000 Florida children.