Teenage cancer sufferer treated to 'cat immersion room'

Monday, 6th August 2012

A teenage cancer sufferer who was feeling homesick for her pet cat was given a very special treat at the hospital she is staying in.

Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem was missing her cat Merry very much, so the Seattle Children's Hospital posted on its Facebook page asking for help with a special project.

Over 3,000 people submitted pictures of their cats so the hospital could create a 'cat immersion room', with images of the animals projected all around Maga.

The sound of her own cat purring was also played over the top of the picture show.

The Daily Mail quotes her as saying: "I just wanted to say thank you for taking all the time for sending all these pictures in because it means so much to me.

"And it makes me really happy to see all these cats, and it makes me think of my cat, and they are all really cute, so thank you."

The Seattle Children's Hospital was originally set up by Anna Clise, who set up a hospital for children after her own son died from inflammatory rheumatism.