Mother of Young ER at Fruitville Patient Shares Story of ‘Amazing Experience’   

May 9, 2024

Jameson Wallenda playing on a swingsetNova Wallenda and her 3-year-old son, Jameson live in Sarasota. They are part of the Wallenda Circus Family, well known for their high-wire stunts and entertaining acts. Nova shares that Jameson loves playing outside with his friends and performing in the circus – he’s already participated in seven shows!

A few months ago Nova became concerned when Jameson was not his typical, energetic self. He had a fever of 103 degrees with a runny nose and was coughing non-stop.

“He was coughing so much he could barely sleep,” Nova recalls.

She says she was scared and contacted her son's pediatrician's office. Unfortunately, the doctor could not see her son right away, so she headed to ER at Fruitville, located at I-75 and Fruitville Road, very close to where they live.

"As soon as we walked in, we were in an exam room within three minutes, if that,” says Nova. 

Jameson was diagnosed and treated for an upper respiratory tract infection.

“The ER staff was absolutely amazing with him,” she says. “They gave him little stickers, and the doctor gave him a popsicle. They went over everything and asked me questions. It was just so reassuring and a wonderful experience.” 

What Nova appreciated most was that they saw her son so quickly. She felt they genuinely cared for him and that they were treated as if they were  family. 

“Finding the ER at Fruitville is like finding a gold mine,” she says.