Queen’s University student dies after severe allergic reaction that caused cardiac arrest


A Queen’s University student who had been in intensive care following an allergic reaction has died, his family has announced.

Jakub Bednarz, 21, suffered a severe allergic reaction on March 25 and, due to complications, spent the last month in intensive care before dying on April 27.

Originally from Poland, Jakub moved to Omagh, Co Tyrone as a toddler and attended Omagh CBS before continuing his music studies at Queen’s University Belfast.

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Announcing the news of his death, his mother posted on Facebook: “With great sorrow and sorrow, we must inform you that support for our son’s life machine was withdrawn yesterday April 27th and Jakub passed away.

“Funeral Mass with family, friends and colleagues will be held at Christ the King Church in Omagh at 1.30pm this Sunday.”

Omagh CBS described Jakub as a “hardworking, determined and conscientious student”, in its online tribute.

They said: “It is with great sadness that we learned today of the passing of Jakub Bednarz.

Jakub pictured as a student at Omagh CBS

“Jakub was a much-loved and well-respected student at Christian Brothers’ Grammar School between September 2012 and June 2019, when he went to study music and audio production at Queen’s University Belfast.

“He was a diligent, determined and conscientious student with an infectious and engaging warmth that made him hugely popular with his peers and staff alike.

“He was sincere, good humored and always generous with his time, volunteering at many school events over those seven years.

“As a school community, we pray for the rest of Jakub’s soul and send our deepest condolences to Jakub’s family at this very difficult time.

“His gentle and unassuming nature will ensure that all of us who knew him will always remember him with great fondness and fondness.”

Friends of the young student had raised funds to try to bring him to Poland for specialist treatment while he was on life support.

Jakub’s funeral will be held at Christ the King Church in Strathroy this Sunday at 1.30pm.

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