FAIRFIELD, Connecticut — A 21-year-old college sorority member whose father was killed in the Sept. 11 attacks — has tragically died after choking during a pancake eating competition.
Sacred Heart University student, Caitlin Nelson had been rushed to a hospital on Thursday following the freak incident which left her in critical condition. But she later died and fellow students held a candlelight vigil on campus Sunday evening, the Fairfield Daily Voice reported.
The terrifying episode unfolded during a pancake eating contest during an on-campus Greek Life dinner on Thursday.
Witnesses told the Fairfield Citizen, that Nelson — who hailed from New Jersey — had eaten four or five pancakes when she fell to the floor and began shaking. She spit some pieces of food out of her mouth but continued choking.
After 911 was called, a nursing student leapt into action and began performing CPR. Officers tried using the Heimlich maneuver to clear the Nelson’s airway, but were unsuccessful. According to the police report, Nelson suffered from multiple food allergies.
Nelson, who was majoring in social work, was the daughter of James Nelson of Clark, New Jersey, a Port Authority police officer who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.