Seattle Children's Hospital creates "Cat Immersion Project" for homesick cancer patient
On July 19, Seattle Children's Hospital posted on its Facebook page asking for help with a special project for Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem, a 16-year-old who has cancer. Maga can't leave her hospital room because of her compromised immune system and what she misses most is her cat, Merry.
So staff members at the hospital decided to make her feel more at home and set out to create a special project to bring "virtual" cats to Maga's room.
"Help us make Maga's day - post your favorite cat photos to our wall!" the hospital wrote over a picture of Maga (pictured above).
"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."
Maga had previously spent more than seven months at the hospital in 2011 while waiting for a compatible bone marrow donor, eventually getting at transplant. But she had to come back to the hospital in July for post-transplant treatment, where she's been away from nearly a month. According to On the Pulse, many cancer patients at Seattle Children's Hospital are sometimes there for months at a time when undergoing treatment.
The hospital's cancer unit previously went viral when young patients and staff members covered Kelly Clarkson's hit "Stronger."
Here is Maga and the Cat Immersion Project:
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