HEALTHWATCH: Making tough medical decisions

Updated: Thursday, October 31 2013, 08:53 AM CDT
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Families often have to make tough medical decisions and sometimes have to say goodbye to loved ones.
Channel 3's Christina Leavenworth introduces us to some angels who are there for emotional support.

When you think of a hospital, you often think of doctors, nurses, all sorts of equipment. It can be overwhelming when making a tough medical decision.That's why there is a Chapel and Pastoral support to be there every step of the way.

Reverend luann young puts on gloves and a gown, and visits patients every day. She brings hugs and a reassuring smile.

Young is the head of the Pastoral Care staff at Sacred Heart Hospital. She's been helping Beverly and Ray Henderson for the past four years.

"I'm not gonna say it's been easy, because it ain't been easy."

Ray has congestive heart failure and chronic kidney disease.They've had to make tough decisions, but Reverend Young has made it a little easier for them, holding their hands
"Lord may you love and peace envelope ray and bev" and helping them pray for answers.

"She's been through my worst trials with me, how can you not be close."

The Pastoral staff becomes family for many of the patients. They are often a constant companion during some of the toughest times.

"If you just want someone to sit, they'll sit there, never in a hurry, just somebody who is there, a smiling loving face."

"We are there for everything from birth to death. I've met patients on the first day of diagnosis, been here for when they say look at me and say how great I'm doing, from being at the bedside when they pass away, its hard."

HEALTHWATCH: Making tough medical decisions
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