Natalie Giorgi and her twin sister began life overcoming obstacles, after being born 12 weeks prematurely. When Natalie was 3 years old, doctors diagnosed her with a peanut allergy after having an allergic reaction. Moving forward to 2013, Natalie (now 13) and her parents were enjoying a family trip to Camp Sacramento, a popular attraction near Lake Tahoe. During an entertainment event, she ate a Rice Krispies treat and suddenly her parents were in horror upon realizing she has fallen into anaphylactic shock. Her father, a urological surgeon, administered injections using two EpiPens that he kept on-hand for this purpose. Next, Mr. Giorgi frantically forced open a first aid cabinet in the nurse station attempting to locate an additional epinephrine injector and cut a tendon in his arm. The injections were unable to reverse Natalie's condition and she died minutes later.
According to a Sacramento Bee report, the family stated that during prior visits, the camp staff had visibly marked items that were served which contained nuts, or they would leave out the ingredient(s) containing types of nuts when possible. The Rice Krispies snack that Natalie had eaten contained peanut butter that was mixed in with the melted marshmallows used in the recipe. Her parents attest that camp operators were informed of the allergy in both verbal and written format. Natalie was said to be careful to avoid foods that could trigger her allergy. The Giorgi's were further devastated when learning that Mr. Giorgi's career as a surgeon was finished. His severed arm tendon would not return to a condition where he could perform operations.
Over the course of nearly 3 years, while the legal battle from the wrongful death suit continued, the Giorgi's worked to help improve awareness about the dangers of food allergies in the community. The Natalie Giorgi Sunshine Foundation was formed in 2014 and they assisted in lobbying for a California law requiring that schools and other public locations have epinephrine injectors available. The case with the city of Sacramento settled in October 2016 with the family receiving $15M. The city's insurance provider will pay $12M of the total. The camp has joined and plans to be nationally accredited with the American Camp Association in 12 months. This accreditation is dependent upon their maintenance of quality standards of programs, safety initiatives which included food service, emergency measures, and others including housing and transportation.
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