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A Compassionate Mother May 30, 2014

Posted by mvarlan in Uncategorized.

Compassion has been defined as the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering. Many of us feel compelled to help our family and friends when we see them work through challenges in their lives.  There are others who extend this act of kindness to those outside of their inner circle.

A couple of years ago I met a woman who continues to serve people she will never meet.  She is the mother of a young boy who is recovering from his second HH surgery.  Rather than focus on what others can do for her son, she reaches out to families coming to Barrow for treatment and offer her support.

Kathy builds gift bags full of snacks, reading materials, and warm fuzzy slippers for HH patients and their families.  I pass them on to the families to maintain their privacy. The bags aren’t just full of comfort food & other goodies. They send a message of compassion to families who may feel isolated and scared.

We have two patients coming to Barrow next week for the laser thermoablation procedure. Although Kathy’s son is recovering from surgery done just last week, she has already dropped off gift bags for these patients.

Our mission at Barrow includes delivering compassionate, high-quality patient care. Employees who demonstrate compassionate behavior are often featured internally through our recognition programs. If we had a program to recognize family members, Kathy would be at the top of my list!

Kathy doesn’t behave out of a need for recognition or praise.  She simply just cares about others and what they are going through. I’m not going to mention Kathy’s last name or her son’s name in order to maintain her privacy. She wouldn’t want it any other way. J.


Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Hypothalamic Hamartoma Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Barrow Hypothalamic Hamartoma Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center



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