Life Hospital Creates "Cat Immersion Project" For Young Cancer Patient

Published on August 6th, 2012 | by Steven Hodson


[Kleenex Warning] Hospital Creates “Cat Immersion Project” For Young Cancer Patient [Video]

Hospital Creates "Cat Immersion Project" For Young Cancer Patient

It’s bad enough that our children even have to deal with getting cancer but being away from the ones that they love can make it even harder for them. This is the case with 16-year-old cancer patient Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem, whose cancer has required her to take up residence in the hospital and missing her cat Kerry.

To try and help her the Seattle Children’s Hospital asked their fans on Facebook to submit cat pictures so that they could create what they call a “cat immersion tent” as a way to help Maga feel a little more at home.

Facebook fans of Seattle Children’s Hospital submitted more than 3,000 pictures of their cats along with well wishes. With more photos than expected, hospital workers got to work on the “Cat Immersion Project,” using recorded purring sounds, sheets and a projector to create a “virtual cat cocoon” for Maga.

“I can’t tell you how it feels sometimes, feeling disconnected and cut off from the world, and then with something like cat pictures bringing me back,” said Maga, according to the hospital’s On the Pulse blog. “Thank you all for your kind words, and well wishing. Its means more then you can ever know.”

via CBS News



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