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Toddler Who Choked on Grape at Pizza Hut Has Died


Two-year-old Jacob Jenkins was taken off life support five days after the incident

Jacob Jenkins was placed in a medically-induced coma after he choked on a grape at Pizza Hut.

Jacob Jenkins, the two-year-old boy who stopped breathing after he choked on a grape during a visit to Pizza Hut, has died.

After the incident, which took place in a U.K. Doctors at the Royal Victoria Infirmary placed him into an induced coma for five days.

According to U.K. broadcasting network ITV, although doctors initially hoped that they would be able to remove the toddler from life support, Jenkins’ parents made the decision to let their son die after it became clear that he would not recover.

In a statement, a Pizza Hut representative told the BBC that the company “was devastated to learn of Jacob’s tragic death,” and that grapes had been removed from the menu “with immediate effect.”

On Wednesday, October 14, well-wishers released hundreds of yellow balloons in Jacob’s honor at the Seaton Carew seafront near the Jenkins’ home. Jacob’s parents later released a statement expressing their gratitude “for every word, every picture, and every prayer.”


Tragic toddler choked to death on grape at Pizza Hut, inquest hears

A TODDLER died in a "tragic accident" after choking on a grape from the salad bar at a Pizza Hut restaurant, an inquest heard.

Little Jacob Jenkins, two, was snacking on fruit when the grape lodged in his throat at the in Hartlepool branch in October last year.

An inquest heard today (February 16) staff, customers and the parents of the tot tried desperately to save him as he choked.

He was rushed to hospital in Middlesbrough, North Yorks, and then transferred to Great Northern Children&aposs Hospital in Newcastle.

But he died days later after his brain became starved of oxygen.

Newcastle coroner Karen Dilks today concluded his death was accidental.

She said: "Jacob, who was two years old, went with his family on what was intended to be a social occasion. Tragically, a completely unexpected and unintended event occurred.

"That was that Jacob, eating grapes that no one considered any risk, then choked on one of those grapes and that led to a chain of events that tragically starved Jacob&aposs brain of oxygen and that was the reason why he died.

"I can reach no other conclusion that this was in every sense a tragic accident. My conclusion therefore is one of accidental death."

The child&aposs parents David Jenkins and Abigail Watson were not present at the hearing at Newcastle Civic Centre.

Pizza Hut manager Emily Vaughan said in a statement read out in court: "Jacob&aposs father passed him to her. He was pale, he was blue, his eyes were shut, his mother was crying."

The inquest heard Ms Vaughan used the Heimlich manoeuvre as he gasped for air and customers frantically tried to dislodge the fruit.

Pizza Hut removed grapes from their salad bars "as a mark of respect", the chain said.

Outside the hearing, Maria Watkins from Pizza Hut said: "On behalf of Pizza Hut restaurants, particularly those team members from the Hartlepool Hut, I would like to convey the deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Jacob Jenkins.

"Our thoughts continue to be with them during this difficult time."


Tragic toddler choked to death on grape at Pizza Hut, inquest hears

A TODDLER died in a "tragic accident" after choking on a grape from the salad bar at a Pizza Hut restaurant, an inquest heard.

Little Jacob Jenkins, two, was snacking on fruit when the grape lodged in his throat at the in Hartlepool branch in October last year.

An inquest heard today (February 16) staff, customers and the parents of the tot tried desperately to save him as he choked.

He was rushed to hospital in Middlesbrough, North Yorks, and then transferred to Great Northern Children&aposs Hospital in Newcastle.

But he died days later after his brain became starved of oxygen.

Newcastle coroner Karen Dilks today concluded his death was accidental.

She said: "Jacob, who was two years old, went with his family on what was intended to be a social occasion. Tragically, a completely unexpected and unintended event occurred.

"That was that Jacob, eating grapes that no one considered any risk, then choked on one of those grapes and that led to a chain of events that tragically starved Jacob&aposs brain of oxygen and that was the reason why he died.

"I can reach no other conclusion that this was in every sense a tragic accident. My conclusion therefore is one of accidental death."

The child&aposs parents David Jenkins and Abigail Watson were not present at the hearing at Newcastle Civic Centre.

Pizza Hut manager Emily Vaughan said in a statement read out in court: "Jacob&aposs father passed him to her. He was pale, he was blue, his eyes were shut, his mother was crying."

The inquest heard Ms Vaughan used the Heimlich manoeuvre as he gasped for air and customers frantically tried to dislodge the fruit.

Pizza Hut removed grapes from their salad bars "as a mark of respect", the chain said.

Outside the hearing, Maria Watkins from Pizza Hut said: "On behalf of Pizza Hut restaurants, particularly those team members from the Hartlepool Hut, I would like to convey the deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Jacob Jenkins.

"Our thoughts continue to be with them during this difficult time."


Tragic toddler choked to death on grape at Pizza Hut, inquest hears

A TODDLER died in a "tragic accident" after choking on a grape from the salad bar at a Pizza Hut restaurant, an inquest heard.

Little Jacob Jenkins, two, was snacking on fruit when the grape lodged in his throat at the in Hartlepool branch in October last year.

An inquest heard today (February 16) staff, customers and the parents of the tot tried desperately to save him as he choked.

He was rushed to hospital in Middlesbrough, North Yorks, and then transferred to Great Northern Children&aposs Hospital in Newcastle.

But he died days later after his brain became starved of oxygen.

Newcastle coroner Karen Dilks today concluded his death was accidental.

She said: "Jacob, who was two years old, went with his family on what was intended to be a social occasion. Tragically, a completely unexpected and unintended event occurred.

"That was that Jacob, eating grapes that no one considered any risk, then choked on one of those grapes and that led to a chain of events that tragically starved Jacob&aposs brain of oxygen and that was the reason why he died.

"I can reach no other conclusion that this was in every sense a tragic accident. My conclusion therefore is one of accidental death."

The child&aposs parents David Jenkins and Abigail Watson were not present at the hearing at Newcastle Civic Centre.

Pizza Hut manager Emily Vaughan said in a statement read out in court: "Jacob&aposs father passed him to her. He was pale, he was blue, his eyes were shut, his mother was crying."

The inquest heard Ms Vaughan used the Heimlich manoeuvre as he gasped for air and customers frantically tried to dislodge the fruit.

Pizza Hut removed grapes from their salad bars "as a mark of respect", the chain said.

Outside the hearing, Maria Watkins from Pizza Hut said: "On behalf of Pizza Hut restaurants, particularly those team members from the Hartlepool Hut, I would like to convey the deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Jacob Jenkins.

"Our thoughts continue to be with them during this difficult time."


Tragic toddler choked to death on grape at Pizza Hut, inquest hears

A TODDLER died in a "tragic accident" after choking on a grape from the salad bar at a Pizza Hut restaurant, an inquest heard.

Little Jacob Jenkins, two, was snacking on fruit when the grape lodged in his throat at the in Hartlepool branch in October last year.

An inquest heard today (February 16) staff, customers and the parents of the tot tried desperately to save him as he choked.

He was rushed to hospital in Middlesbrough, North Yorks, and then transferred to Great Northern Children&aposs Hospital in Newcastle.

But he died days later after his brain became starved of oxygen.

Newcastle coroner Karen Dilks today concluded his death was accidental.

She said: "Jacob, who was two years old, went with his family on what was intended to be a social occasion. Tragically, a completely unexpected and unintended event occurred.

"That was that Jacob, eating grapes that no one considered any risk, then choked on one of those grapes and that led to a chain of events that tragically starved Jacob&aposs brain of oxygen and that was the reason why he died.

"I can reach no other conclusion that this was in every sense a tragic accident. My conclusion therefore is one of accidental death."

The child&aposs parents David Jenkins and Abigail Watson were not present at the hearing at Newcastle Civic Centre.

Pizza Hut manager Emily Vaughan said in a statement read out in court: "Jacob&aposs father passed him to her. He was pale, he was blue, his eyes were shut, his mother was crying."

The inquest heard Ms Vaughan used the Heimlich manoeuvre as he gasped for air and customers frantically tried to dislodge the fruit.

Pizza Hut removed grapes from their salad bars "as a mark of respect", the chain said.

Outside the hearing, Maria Watkins from Pizza Hut said: "On behalf of Pizza Hut restaurants, particularly those team members from the Hartlepool Hut, I would like to convey the deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Jacob Jenkins.

"Our thoughts continue to be with them during this difficult time."


Tragic toddler choked to death on grape at Pizza Hut, inquest hears

A TODDLER died in a "tragic accident" after choking on a grape from the salad bar at a Pizza Hut restaurant, an inquest heard.

Little Jacob Jenkins, two, was snacking on fruit when the grape lodged in his throat at the in Hartlepool branch in October last year.

An inquest heard today (February 16) staff, customers and the parents of the tot tried desperately to save him as he choked.

He was rushed to hospital in Middlesbrough, North Yorks, and then transferred to Great Northern Children&aposs Hospital in Newcastle.

But he died days later after his brain became starved of oxygen.

Newcastle coroner Karen Dilks today concluded his death was accidental.

She said: "Jacob, who was two years old, went with his family on what was intended to be a social occasion. Tragically, a completely unexpected and unintended event occurred.

"That was that Jacob, eating grapes that no one considered any risk, then choked on one of those grapes and that led to a chain of events that tragically starved Jacob&aposs brain of oxygen and that was the reason why he died.

"I can reach no other conclusion that this was in every sense a tragic accident. My conclusion therefore is one of accidental death."

The child&aposs parents David Jenkins and Abigail Watson were not present at the hearing at Newcastle Civic Centre.

Pizza Hut manager Emily Vaughan said in a statement read out in court: "Jacob&aposs father passed him to her. He was pale, he was blue, his eyes were shut, his mother was crying."

The inquest heard Ms Vaughan used the Heimlich manoeuvre as he gasped for air and customers frantically tried to dislodge the fruit.

Pizza Hut removed grapes from their salad bars "as a mark of respect", the chain said.

Outside the hearing, Maria Watkins from Pizza Hut said: "On behalf of Pizza Hut restaurants, particularly those team members from the Hartlepool Hut, I would like to convey the deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Jacob Jenkins.

"Our thoughts continue to be with them during this difficult time."


Tragic toddler choked to death on grape at Pizza Hut, inquest hears

A TODDLER died in a "tragic accident" after choking on a grape from the salad bar at a Pizza Hut restaurant, an inquest heard.

Little Jacob Jenkins, two, was snacking on fruit when the grape lodged in his throat at the in Hartlepool branch in October last year.

An inquest heard today (February 16) staff, customers and the parents of the tot tried desperately to save him as he choked.

He was rushed to hospital in Middlesbrough, North Yorks, and then transferred to Great Northern Children&aposs Hospital in Newcastle.

But he died days later after his brain became starved of oxygen.

Newcastle coroner Karen Dilks today concluded his death was accidental.

She said: "Jacob, who was two years old, went with his family on what was intended to be a social occasion. Tragically, a completely unexpected and unintended event occurred.

"That was that Jacob, eating grapes that no one considered any risk, then choked on one of those grapes and that led to a chain of events that tragically starved Jacob&aposs brain of oxygen and that was the reason why he died.

"I can reach no other conclusion that this was in every sense a tragic accident. My conclusion therefore is one of accidental death."

The child&aposs parents David Jenkins and Abigail Watson were not present at the hearing at Newcastle Civic Centre.

Pizza Hut manager Emily Vaughan said in a statement read out in court: "Jacob&aposs father passed him to her. He was pale, he was blue, his eyes were shut, his mother was crying."

The inquest heard Ms Vaughan used the Heimlich manoeuvre as he gasped for air and customers frantically tried to dislodge the fruit.

Pizza Hut removed grapes from their salad bars "as a mark of respect", the chain said.

Outside the hearing, Maria Watkins from Pizza Hut said: "On behalf of Pizza Hut restaurants, particularly those team members from the Hartlepool Hut, I would like to convey the deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Jacob Jenkins.

"Our thoughts continue to be with them during this difficult time."


Tragic toddler choked to death on grape at Pizza Hut, inquest hears

A TODDLER died in a "tragic accident" after choking on a grape from the salad bar at a Pizza Hut restaurant, an inquest heard.

Little Jacob Jenkins, two, was snacking on fruit when the grape lodged in his throat at the in Hartlepool branch in October last year.

An inquest heard today (February 16) staff, customers and the parents of the tot tried desperately to save him as he choked.

He was rushed to hospital in Middlesbrough, North Yorks, and then transferred to Great Northern Children&aposs Hospital in Newcastle.

But he died days later after his brain became starved of oxygen.

Newcastle coroner Karen Dilks today concluded his death was accidental.

She said: "Jacob, who was two years old, went with his family on what was intended to be a social occasion. Tragically, a completely unexpected and unintended event occurred.

"That was that Jacob, eating grapes that no one considered any risk, then choked on one of those grapes and that led to a chain of events that tragically starved Jacob&aposs brain of oxygen and that was the reason why he died.

"I can reach no other conclusion that this was in every sense a tragic accident. My conclusion therefore is one of accidental death."

The child&aposs parents David Jenkins and Abigail Watson were not present at the hearing at Newcastle Civic Centre.

Pizza Hut manager Emily Vaughan said in a statement read out in court: "Jacob&aposs father passed him to her. He was pale, he was blue, his eyes were shut, his mother was crying."

The inquest heard Ms Vaughan used the Heimlich manoeuvre as he gasped for air and customers frantically tried to dislodge the fruit.

Pizza Hut removed grapes from their salad bars "as a mark of respect", the chain said.

Outside the hearing, Maria Watkins from Pizza Hut said: "On behalf of Pizza Hut restaurants, particularly those team members from the Hartlepool Hut, I would like to convey the deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Jacob Jenkins.

"Our thoughts continue to be with them during this difficult time."


Tragic toddler choked to death on grape at Pizza Hut, inquest hears

A TODDLER died in a "tragic accident" after choking on a grape from the salad bar at a Pizza Hut restaurant, an inquest heard.

Little Jacob Jenkins, two, was snacking on fruit when the grape lodged in his throat at the in Hartlepool branch in October last year.

An inquest heard today (February 16) staff, customers and the parents of the tot tried desperately to save him as he choked.

He was rushed to hospital in Middlesbrough, North Yorks, and then transferred to Great Northern Children&aposs Hospital in Newcastle.

But he died days later after his brain became starved of oxygen.

Newcastle coroner Karen Dilks today concluded his death was accidental.

She said: "Jacob, who was two years old, went with his family on what was intended to be a social occasion. Tragically, a completely unexpected and unintended event occurred.

"That was that Jacob, eating grapes that no one considered any risk, then choked on one of those grapes and that led to a chain of events that tragically starved Jacob&aposs brain of oxygen and that was the reason why he died.

"I can reach no other conclusion that this was in every sense a tragic accident. My conclusion therefore is one of accidental death."

The child&aposs parents David Jenkins and Abigail Watson were not present at the hearing at Newcastle Civic Centre.

Pizza Hut manager Emily Vaughan said in a statement read out in court: "Jacob&aposs father passed him to her. He was pale, he was blue, his eyes were shut, his mother was crying."

The inquest heard Ms Vaughan used the Heimlich manoeuvre as he gasped for air and customers frantically tried to dislodge the fruit.

Pizza Hut removed grapes from their salad bars "as a mark of respect", the chain said.

Outside the hearing, Maria Watkins from Pizza Hut said: "On behalf of Pizza Hut restaurants, particularly those team members from the Hartlepool Hut, I would like to convey the deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Jacob Jenkins.

"Our thoughts continue to be with them during this difficult time."


Tragic toddler choked to death on grape at Pizza Hut, inquest hears

A TODDLER died in a "tragic accident" after choking on a grape from the salad bar at a Pizza Hut restaurant, an inquest heard.

Little Jacob Jenkins, two, was snacking on fruit when the grape lodged in his throat at the in Hartlepool branch in October last year.

An inquest heard today (February 16) staff, customers and the parents of the tot tried desperately to save him as he choked.

He was rushed to hospital in Middlesbrough, North Yorks, and then transferred to Great Northern Children&aposs Hospital in Newcastle.

But he died days later after his brain became starved of oxygen.

Newcastle coroner Karen Dilks today concluded his death was accidental.

She said: "Jacob, who was two years old, went with his family on what was intended to be a social occasion. Tragically, a completely unexpected and unintended event occurred.

"That was that Jacob, eating grapes that no one considered any risk, then choked on one of those grapes and that led to a chain of events that tragically starved Jacob&aposs brain of oxygen and that was the reason why he died.

"I can reach no other conclusion that this was in every sense a tragic accident. My conclusion therefore is one of accidental death."

The child&aposs parents David Jenkins and Abigail Watson were not present at the hearing at Newcastle Civic Centre.

Pizza Hut manager Emily Vaughan said in a statement read out in court: "Jacob&aposs father passed him to her. He was pale, he was blue, his eyes were shut, his mother was crying."

The inquest heard Ms Vaughan used the Heimlich manoeuvre as he gasped for air and customers frantically tried to dislodge the fruit.

Pizza Hut removed grapes from their salad bars "as a mark of respect", the chain said.

Outside the hearing, Maria Watkins from Pizza Hut said: "On behalf of Pizza Hut restaurants, particularly those team members from the Hartlepool Hut, I would like to convey the deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Jacob Jenkins.

"Our thoughts continue to be with them during this difficult time."


Tragic toddler choked to death on grape at Pizza Hut, inquest hears

A TODDLER died in a "tragic accident" after choking on a grape from the salad bar at a Pizza Hut restaurant, an inquest heard.

Little Jacob Jenkins, two, was snacking on fruit when the grape lodged in his throat at the in Hartlepool branch in October last year.

An inquest heard today (February 16) staff, customers and the parents of the tot tried desperately to save him as he choked.

He was rushed to hospital in Middlesbrough, North Yorks, and then transferred to Great Northern Children&aposs Hospital in Newcastle.

But he died days later after his brain became starved of oxygen.

Newcastle coroner Karen Dilks today concluded his death was accidental.

She said: "Jacob, who was two years old, went with his family on what was intended to be a social occasion. Tragically, a completely unexpected and unintended event occurred.

"That was that Jacob, eating grapes that no one considered any risk, then choked on one of those grapes and that led to a chain of events that tragically starved Jacob&aposs brain of oxygen and that was the reason why he died.

"I can reach no other conclusion that this was in every sense a tragic accident. My conclusion therefore is one of accidental death."

The child&aposs parents David Jenkins and Abigail Watson were not present at the hearing at Newcastle Civic Centre.

Pizza Hut manager Emily Vaughan said in a statement read out in court: "Jacob&aposs father passed him to her. He was pale, he was blue, his eyes were shut, his mother was crying."

The inquest heard Ms Vaughan used the Heimlich manoeuvre as he gasped for air and customers frantically tried to dislodge the fruit.

Pizza Hut removed grapes from their salad bars "as a mark of respect", the chain said.

Outside the hearing, Maria Watkins from Pizza Hut said: "On behalf of Pizza Hut restaurants, particularly those team members from the Hartlepool Hut, I would like to convey the deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Jacob Jenkins.

"Our thoughts continue to be with them during this difficult time."


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