Children's Hospital asks its Facebook fans to submit pictures of cats
for 16-year-old Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem in this July 19 post.
Seattle Children's Hospital/Facebook
(CBS News) Seattle Children's Hospital called on its Facebook
fans to help improve the stay of a teen girl battling cancer – with the
help of cats.
On July 19, Seattle Children's Hospital posted on its Facebook page
asking for help with a special project for Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem, a
16-year-old who has cancer. Maga can't leave her hospital room because
of her compromised immune system and what she misses most is her cat,
So staff members at the hospital decided to make
her feel more at home and set out to create a special project to bring
"virtual" cats to Maga's room.
"Help us make Maga's day – post
your favorite cat photos to our wall!" the hospital wrote over a picture
of Maga (pictured above).
Facebook fans of Seattle Children's Hospital submitted more than
3,000 pictures of their cats along with well wishes. With more photos
than expected, hospital workers got to work on the "Cat Immersion
Project," using recorded purring sounds, sheets and a projector to
create a "virtual cat cocoon" for Maga.
"I can't tell you
how it feels sometimes, feeling disconnected and cut off from the world,
and then with something like cat pictures bringing me back," said Maga,
according to the hospital's On the Pulse blog. "Thank you all for your kind words, and well wishing. Its means more then you can ever know."
had previously spent more than seven months at the hospital in 2011
while waiting for a compatible bone marrow donor, eventually getting at
transplant. But she had to come back to the hospital in July for
post-transplant treatment, where she's been away from nearly a month.
According to On the Pulse, many cancer patients at Seattle Children's
Hospital are sometimes there for months at a time when undergoing
The hospital's cancer unit previously went viral when young patients and staff members covered Kelly Clarkson's hit "Stronger."
Here is Maga and the Cat Immersion Project: