- Posted September 6, 2013 by
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WISH TV-8 Indianapolis "Riley patients do school differently"
Directly from the news story:
With school back in session across Indiana, did you ever stop to wonder how kids in the hospital continue their learning? At Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, education goes hand in hand with healing.
It's a new school year at Riley Hospital, but instead of a classroom, 12-year-old Emily Hume is doing equations in her hospital room. Instead of classmates, she's got Bernie.
"It beeps a lot!" said Emily.
Its full name of the machine is the Berlin Heart. It's helping Emily's heart rest so it can heal after a sudden and devastating virus nearly took her life in July.
"That was the first thing I thought, I thought how am I going to handle her being in the hospital and the stress it's going to take to get her work done?" said Emily's Mom, Linda Hume.
Enter the Riley Hospital School program.
"We provide school services and try to get the homework assignments from the child's school so we can work with them, either one on one or in classroom settings throughout the hospital," said Kristin Wikel, Supervisor of Riley's School Program.
Seven certified teachers work daily with patients or their family members to make sure a hospital stay, no matter how long, doesn't hold them back.
One of Emily's first assignments was to write three goals.
"My goals were getting home without Bernie, learn how to swallow pills, and make high honor roll in seventh grade," said Emily.
Emily's Mom, who's a teacher herself, hopes her daughter gets that honor roll but, after living at Emily's bedside for nine weeks, her desire is for something she used to take for granted.
"I know school's very important but I've realized her health is number one and school's number two. I never thought I would say that but I want her to get well," said Linda Hume.
Riley's School Program has provided education to over 850 patients.
Doctors still don't know what virus attacked Emily's heart, but they're hoping it will be strong enough soon to send her home without Bernie.