“The staff was phenomenal. I can’t say enough about them. It was a very trying time. It was touch and go for the first 72 hours.” The possibility of losing Nate was very real. “The staff did everything they could to make us comfortable. We were by his side 24/7.”
Nate “The Great,” Great Neck, Swine Flu
When four-year-old Nate was struggling with respiratory distress as a result of contracting the swine flu in 2008, his Winthrop Hospital emergency room doctor dad and LIJ obstetrics doctor mom had no question in their minds where to turn for help.
“He was taken to Cohen Children’s Medical Center Emergency Department and from there to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU),” his mom, Sarah, recalls. “The staff was phenomenal. I can’t say enough about them. It was a very trying time. It was touch and go for the first 72 hours.” The possibility of losing Nate was very real. “The staff did everything they could to make us comfortable. We were by his side 24/7,” she added.
Nate “The Great,” as Dr. Pete Silver calls him, is now a healthy, charming and determined six-year-old thanks to the care of Drs. Myers-Doran, Silver, Schneider and Esperanza and the entire emergency and PICU teams. “You have to trust who is taking care of your child. For me, it was easier to step back because I don’t do critical care. My husband does emergency medicine so he was more intensely involved.”
Nate was given a vaccine 10 days prior to contracting the flu and his asthma condition also complicated matters. Intubated and connected to an oscillator ventilator, Nate remained in CCMC’s PICU for two weeks on a respirator under sedation. The respirator was his best hope for getting better. “They were all standing by his bedside. They didn’t leave. It was a real team approach to take care of Nate,“ Sarah recalls.
And how’s Nate “The Great” getting along today? Nate can “outrun, outplay, outsmart and out-charm them all,” his mother beams. “He’s a dream child.”