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Music Therapy Helps Young Patients Heal

Music Therapy Helps Young Patients Heal

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Carole Mikita reporting Soothing and playful tunes can be heard coming from patients rooms at Primary Children's Medical Center. Carole Mikita reports the new program, aimed at helping the healing process, is all about music.

Just sing a song and for a moment, the pain goes away.

Grace Heninger has leukemia. She must be isolated from other children and visitors wear masks because treatment has weakened her immune system. Today brought some joy.

Danise Heninger, Grace's mom: "I was really touched by it. It was a very moving experience."

Marianne Felt and her colleagues are not entertainers. They are therapists, who also happen to be musicians, and are specially trained in both to help speed up the healing process.

Marianne Felt, M.T.B.C./ Music therapist: "Reducing the heart rate, reducing blood pressure, decreasing hospital stays, all sorts of powerful effects on the body that music can have."

Garrett Trout has been here every week for six months for chemotherapy.

Garrett Trout, cancer patient: "Sometimes you can feel like you're somewhere else and kind of dream that you're home, running in the grass and stuff."

When you are surrounded by adults and the same four walls, bringing in a little music often turns out to be the best medicine.

Music therapists are trained at Utah State University. Their program began at Primary Children's last month.

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