Persistent nurse helps save student

Persistent nurse helps save student
Posted on 10/23/2015

The dedication and persistence of a Waco ISD school nurse were instrumental in saving a student's life. During the spring semester of 2014, Bell's Hill student Jaime Botello developed swelling and soreness in his neck. School nurse Tiffany Fielding examined Jaime and referred him to local doctors. Early treatment included steroids and antibiotics, but they were not effective.

Fielding would check up on the student quite often and had a feeling Jaime's condition was more serious than swollen glands. During a subsequent visit to the nurse's office, Jaime made a stridor noise indicating to Fielding that something was obstructing his air passage. Fielding soon discovered Jaime's blood oxygen levels were low and quickly had him taken to the hospital. Jaime was referred to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth where he underwent six months of treatment for Stage 3 Lymphoma.

Today, Jaime is a happy and healthy fourth-grader at Bell's Hill thanks, in part, to Nurse Fielding.