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George Mark Children’s House: a pediatric palliative care center

AlyssaEriksonby Alyssa Erikson, RN, PhD


It was the weekend and my shift was nearing the end. The patient was secured in his wheelchair, ready to go home. He lives with a serious chronic condition, which requires intensive, around-the-clock care. I helped the parents pack and load everything he needs for daily survival – a suction machine, a nebulizer, a large bag of medications, the oxygen tank. They had just returned from a five day vacation, which was their first trip away together in many years. They joked about how much they slept while away. Once everything was loaded, we walked out of the room and to their van. As we stepped out, his dad turned to me and said, ““If I had a few million dollars, I would donate it all to this place.”


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