The Ward of Last Resort


This afternoon the kids in the pediatric isolation ward have come together for something called Cell Mates. Most are bald and towing IV trees behind them as they gather. In Cell Mates they play games that help them come to terms with their diseases--with the blood cells that are failing them, the cancers and immune deficiencies that are attacking them, and the new replacement cells that are helping them. Many of the kids, like Caroline Strother, 6, are old hands at medical games. She swabs her doll's arm and prepares to insert a central line, but asks, "Hey, don't we need...

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