Omaha Symphony, Children’s Hospital Entertains Patients

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August 14th, 2013

Eve Dahl plays the violin Wednesday at the Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha. Eve recently had surgery to treat brittle bone disease.(Photo Courtesy KVNO News)

Eve Dahl plays the violin Wednesday at the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha. Eve recently had surgery to treat brittle bone disease.(Photo Courtesy KVNO News)

Omaha, NE — The Omaha Symphony and the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center hosted a play and learn workshop Wednesday at Children’s Hospital in Omaha.
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Patients and their families were invited to the hospital’s atrium to have a chance at playing the violin and cello. Children were also encouraged to make their own instruments with common household items.

Lance and Deb Dahl’s five-year-old daughter, Eve, is a patient at the hospital. The family has made three trips to Omaha from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to treat Eve’s bone condition.

“This is Eve’s third surgery this year so whenever we can incorporate a little bit of fun or learning into the experience it’s always beneficial to her,” Deb said. “She smiles and she’s happy and that’s always a good thing when you’re dealing with surgeries.”

Children’s Hospital is a corporate sponsor of the Omaha

Jerryd Busch recently had surgery on his spinal cord. His parents, Jeff and Angie, brought him to the event to take his mind off of his hospital stay. (Photo courtesy KVNO News)

Jerryd Busch recently had surgery on his spinal cord. His parents, Jeff and Angie, brought him to the event to take his mind off of his hospital stay. (Photo courtesy KVNO News)

Symphony. Adam Goos, vice president of education and community partnerships at the symphony, said the event provides a quality and engaging environment for patients and their families.

“It’s a really great opportunity for us to reach kids who may not be able to make it down to our concerts for our family concert experiences and it’s a great way for us to give back to our community,”  Goos said. “They get the chance to hold a violin and see what it feels like and try to play it or bang on some drums with us for a while.”

Jeff and Angie Busch decided to bring their twelve-year-old son Jerryd (sp?) to the event in order to give him an opportunity to have a little fun post-surgery.

“They hurt and there are so many hard things about the hospital so it’s really good to have positive things,” Angie said. “They have so many different activities that it’s a good distraction.”

Rob Harding, communications resource specialist at the Children’s Hospital said it’s important to get children up and moving around as quickly as you can after surgery.

“We know through research that music does have healing properties,” Harding said. “We have a harpist from the Omaha symphony who comes to the hospital on a monthly basis. When the harpist is playing it’s amazing how patients and staff become more quiet and calm. It changes the whole aura of the inpatient unit.”

The Omaha Symphony’s 2013-2014 season begins September 20th.

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