Nurses make night memorable after prom dinner scare

Published: May. 10, 2018 at 12:45 PM EDT
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After a scare at a restaurant on prom night, hospital nurses and staff helped to make the night memorable for some Gladstone teenagers.

Hannah Christie, a Gladstone High School junior and her prom date, Calvin Thibeault, went out to eat with some friends before the Junior Prom on Saturday, May 5th.

Christie, not realizing she had a pine nut allergy, ordered pesto sauce as part of her dinner. She ended up having a severe allergic reaction to the nuts, and had to be taken to the emergency room at OSF St. Francis Hospital.

Second floor nurses decided to make the night a bit more memorable for the two. They decorated part of the hospital with a "Prom '18" sign and some paper decorations. The even gathered some snacks and let them play music.

After the actual prom, many other friends and Christie's sister joined them at the hospital, where they recreated the prom march, listened to music, and danced. Nurses let the friends stay until 1:30 a.m.

Christie's mom, Wendy Bratonia said all of the nurses involved were awesome and she was "very happy" with how the night turned out, especially since this prom was Christie's first prom.

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