September 25, 2011
In a Sept. 9, 2011 photo, Matthew Rodery, left, helps his daughter Makenna, 10, squeeze ketchup for her fries at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Specialty Hospital in Maryland Heights. Makenna receives physical and occupational therapy at the hospital because her arm was amputated after a car accident in July. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Blythe Bernhard, via AP)
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When children with severe injuries and illnesses go home from the hospital, their parents and caregivers step into the role of doctors and nurses. At Ranken Jordan Pediatric Specialty Hospital in Maryland Heights, parents learn how to change and suction breathing and feeding tubes. They train in CPR.