It’s not known what was wrong with Valentina Alvaji when she was admitted to hospital in 2013. Whatever it was, it no doubt it took a team of nurses and doctors to look after her. But then one nurse, Jared Axen, took her by the hand and looked her directly in the eyes. And when he opened his mouth, the old lady couldn’t help but cry.
As a nurse at the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, California, Axen spent his time preparing medications for his patients and tending to their basic needs. But this is a nurse who did something else for the people in his care. He wanted to go that extra mile.
You see, for Axen, nursing wasn’t necessarily the career path he wanted to pursue as a child. Born in July 1986, the young Axen’s upbringing wasn’t quite the same as that of other kids his age. In fact, his unusual childhood was supported and encouraged by his parents, Beverly and John.