Pets to help sick children at Cincinnati hospital

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 30, 2013 at 4:18 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) -- An Ohio hospital soon will be welcoming furry, four-legged friends for children who face long hospital stays.
 
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center broke ground Thursday on a Family Pet Center.
 
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the center will be open to children battling cancer and others with other serious medical conditions.
 
John Perentesis, executive co-director of the hospital's Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute, says pets can be "very therapeutic" to patients.
 
He says the pets will bring joy, comfort and a positive mindset to ailing children.
 
The pet center will include visitation areas accessible by wheelchairs and stretchers.
 
The $107,000 center is being paid for by a grand and is expected to open in August.

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