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The Home for "Incurables"
(explored #240) The Home for “Incurables” They were the throwaway kids, the “crippled and defective” ones that most families refused to adopt, the ones left stranded in town farms and almshouses. But a local activist and social reformer was passionately determined to give them a home. They appealed, she said, “to one's deepest sympathies with a more than human power.” It took her 16 years of concentrated effort to reach her goal, but she succeeded and in 1898 she opened a “Home for Incurables” in an old farmhouse in CT. The institution eventually became a Children's Hospital & was a haven, and often a home, for thousands of children. Occasionally a doctor recommended sending a child to one of the local hospitals for surgery or specialized treatment. In 1899 one boy had a leg so badly infected that it required amputation. After surgery, the matron reported that he was “saving his pennies in a bright new bank for a new leg, which has been promised him some day.” A teacher from the home took him to New York, where he was fitted with an artificial leg, apparently there being no source of artificial legs in their area. The leg may not have been properly fitted; a month after the child received it, the teacher noticed that it had “not yet begun to feel comfortable.” A second child described in early records, a 10-year-old boy named Daniel, was badly injured in a train accident. One leg was amputated just below the hip, the other above the ankle. The 1899 report of the Connecticut Children's Aid Society describes how the society “decided to take up his case, provide him with artificial limbs, and find him some work to do.” Soliciting neighbors in his native Bloomfield, Daniel raised 50 dollars towards the expense; then the Children's Hospital staff escorted him to a New York-bound boat, “free passage having been secured.” When the boat sailed, “he was sitting on deck with his supper in a paper bag, seven dollars in his pocket and a note to the doctor.” Equipped with prostheses, crude as they might have been, Daniel was eventually able to walk, using only a cane. He found work in a restaurant kitchen, attended night school, and looked forward to an office job. Without the society's assistance he would have remained dependent at his parents' home. As medicines and methods of treatment improved, the onetime “home for incurables” evolved into a full-fledged children's hospital. It became world-famous, particularly for its treatment of orthopedic cases. In 1986 the board of what by then was called the Children's Hospital voted to move to a site adjoining another hospital, to take advantage of the specialized skills and equipment that proximity to a major hospital could provide. Ten years later the move from the original campus was accomplished, and the hospital became a Children's Medical Center, an institution where young people are helped in ways the original creator could never have envisioned.0294 - APR 4, 2011 - AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL - 04.2010-11
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