IF THE WALLS OF NORTONS CHILDREN HOSPITAL COULD TALK

by Christine Fellingham


 

 

Photos by Ryan Noltemeyer

The stories they would tell would look very much like the 125th anniversary exhibit at the Frazier History Museum. Here are a few highlights from the museum’s inspirational must-see.

“E

veryone has their Norton Children’s Hospital story,” says Penelope Peavler, president and CEO of Frazier and a former Norton scoliosis patient. “In a hundred and twenty-five years, this hospital has touched a lot of people.”

Dozens of those people showed up for the opening of the exhibit that chronicles the hospital’s long history of caring for our community’s children. Former patients, current patients, parents and medical staff mingled among the interactive, engaging and sometimes highly emotional installations. There are video and newspaper clippings telling the story of the Carrollton bus crash, models of tiny mechanical hearts and a huge play area with exam rooms, ambulance equipment and doll “patients.”

While the stories of these special visitors were sometimes heart-wrenching, the collective mood was upbeat. “It feels good to be here,” says Quinton Higgins, above, a Carrolton crash survivor who attended with his daughter. “We all share something. And hearing the stories and watching the way people were cared for, you realize how connected we all really are.” 


IF YOU GO:
“Hope and Healing: 125 Years of Norton Children’s Hospital” will be at the Frazier History Museum through February 4. For more information, go to FrazierMuseum.org.



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