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A stitch in time helps Huntsville Hospital surgical patients

With the 'Sew Healing Volunteer Program', the Jacksons had a new home for their talents. (Source: WAFF) With the 'Sew Healing Volunteer Program', the Jacksons had a new home for their talents. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Huntsville resident Peggy Jackson and her husband were just ending a volunteer endeavor delivering for Meals on Wheels when they decided to investigate the Senior Horizons Volunteer Program at Huntsville Hospital.  

They came in, talked to the volunteer coordinator, and things just fell into place.

Senior Horizons Coordinator Sharon Darty explains the parent program.

"Senior Horizons is a program for senior adults over the age of 55... to help them stay active, healthy and well informed," she said.

Peggy and her husband are in their ninth year as volunteers.

"Then we found out that one of our friends was already working here," said Peggy. "He had worked with my husband over at Chrysler."  

With the 'Sew Healing Volunteer Program', the Jacksons had a new home for their talents.

Coordinator Darty says with the program being 15 years old, they have a great reason to celebrate.  

"We began with our first pillow type, which is our heart pillow, which is given to open heart surgery patients," said Darty.

She says the surgical green is for abdominal surgeries - and again, the patient presses the pillow on the surgical site when they cough and do breathing exercises.

"From that, we have grown into our breast pillows for our mastectomy patients; that relieves the pressure between the breast and the arm on the surgical site... and then onto our smiley-faced pillows that are given to pediatric patients at our hospital for women and children."

Another use for these pillows is in the neonatal intensive care unit. These pillows contain rice. The rice is heated, and that helps the baby when they try to position it and keep it comfortable.

Darty says everyone wins with this program.

"All of these volunteers in this community of people care about our patients and this gives them a way to express and to provide something that will be useful to the patient," she said.

That's evident in every stitch taken and every smile received. 

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