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Man nearly dies after being attacked with tuna sandwich in hospital

By Mason White 11:55 AM June 5, 2013
Alex Montreuil 

By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A man nearly died after being attacked with a tuna sandwich inside a hospital, according to hospital officials in Montreal, Canada.

Police are investigating the assault at a hospital in Montreal involving the tuna sandwich which contained tomatoes.

Forty-eight-year-old Alex Montreuil was in the Montreal Jewish General Hospital to get a CT scan when he was allegedly attacked with a tuna and tomato sandwich.

Montreuil suffered a violent allergic reaction to the salicylates, a substance found naturally in many common foods.
He had his first near-fatal reaction to tomatoes a few years ago and was rushed to a hospital.

“Tomatoes have a form of aspirin in them, which is fatal for me,” he said. “I was literally purple,” he added.
He is very careful what he eats.

He asked the person working behind the counter, in English, to change the gloves, since it had been in contact with tomatoes.
After reluctantly accepting to change the gloves, Montreuil was served and went to sit in the cafe with a friend.

As they were chatting and eating their bagels and cream cheese, an angry woman approached his table.
“Suddenly, out of nowhere, this person comes to us and starts yelling in French,” Montreuil said.

She said: “Here in Quebec, French is spoken, not English.”
Montreuil said that he replied: “In my city, in my country, I can speak the language of my choice.”

After defending his right to speak English in the hospital, their conversation intensified. Then, the woman ran away furiously, only to return minutes later.

“She left and the next thing I know, a tomato sandwich hit me right here,” Montreuil said, pointing to the right side of his face.

“Within two or three minutes, he experienced swelling all over his body,” he said.
Police charged the woman with assault with a deadly weapon.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view