Warwick student ‘shellabrates’ good health

By on January 30, 2019

In August, Warwick senior Pietro Elliot was admitted to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelpia. He was diagnosed with a rare disorder called Achalasia, which caused his esophagus to close. He was also not be able to eat or drink. On a feeding tube for two months, he lost about 15 pounds.

A busy athlete at school, due to his illness, he missed two weeks of classes, three months of soccer, and five weeks of football. Elliot will also attend college this fall at Case Western where he’ll study engineering and play soccer for the Ohio university.

After soccer practice one afternoon, he checked his phone and noticed that Jimmy’s Famous Seafood restaurant was hosting a Twitter follower party at their location in Baltimore, Maryland. Several lucky winners would be selected to attend the bash, which recognized the company’s milestone of achieving 100,000 followers on Twitter.

In order to win an RSVP to the party, followers had to comment as to why they should be invited. Elliot immediately thought of his prior condition, and how it restricted him from enjoying food. Accompanied with photos, he then shared his story with the restaurant via a series of tweets to plead his case.

“The one food I craved during the disorder was seafood and I knew Jimmy’s Famous Seafood has the best,” he tweeted.

From there, it was a waiting game.

Pietro Ellio enjoying the buffet at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo courtesy of Maria Elliot.

The company’s account stated that the winners would be selected the next morning. That night he couldn’t get any sleep, and lied awake wondering if he’d be selected. The next morning arrived, and he was in a study hall when he peered at his Twitter account and saw that he had been chosen.

“I was more than ecstatic,” he recalls. “I remember jumping up and down screaming (that) I won. Personally, even though it was only for a night, I felt as if I won so much more.”
The day of the celebration, Elliot brought along two very special guests: his mother and girlfriend, who the young man says helped him the most throughout his medical condition.

The restaurant greeted all of the winners in grand style, offering a complimentary and diverse seafood buffet. The party also offered guests a live DJ and dance floor. And while the food was delicious, looking back, he’s most thankful for being healthy once again.

“Even though it was a minor event, it meant the world to me as I went through a lot.”

Cory Van Brookhoven is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your comments at cvanbrookhoven@lnpnews.com or 717-721-4423.

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