PART FIVE: From witnessing exceptional care and compassion given to children in their own lives, to receiving treatment first-hand, this weekly series features Seattle Children’s employees and the life experiences that drove them to pursue careers in healthcare.
Jesse Giordano was a pediatric patient at Seattle Children’s three decades ago and is now part of its dedicated workforce
During a family vacation in 1993 at Lake Chelan, WA, 12-year-old Jesse Giordano started experiencing severe flu-like symptoms and extreme pain in his left arm.
“After a couple days holed up in the motel, my mom took me to an area emergency room,” Giordano said. “Other than confirming I had a fever, they told me to follow up with my primary care provider.”
That Monday morning, the family did just that. Giordano was given a blood test and then went home to wait for the results.
“We got a phone call later that day or early Tuesday directing us to Seattle Children’s immediately,” he recalled. “I was not super worried, but my mom was an absolute wreck.”
The family arrived at Seattle Children’s for the appointment in an area now called the Ocean zone.
At the appointment, doctors conducted a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and found something concerning.
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