Cried. HARD.: Children's Hospital Creates 'Cat Immersion Project' For Young Cancer Patient Missing Her Own Cat

August 6, 2012


Hey -- you're gonna cry, okay?

Seattle Children's Hospital recently asked their fans on Facebook to submit cat pictures so they could put together a "cat immersion tent" for 16-year old cancer patient Maga, who's currently a resident at the hospital and missing her own cat, Merry, who's back at home. Aaaaaaand I already can't see through the tears. Copy/paste, copy/paste!

Facebook fans of Seattle Children's Hospital submitted more than 3,000 pictures of their cats along with well wishes. With more photos than expected, hospital workers got to work on the "Cat Immersion Project," using recorded purring sounds, sheets and a projector to create a "virtual cat cocoon" for Maga.

"I can't tell you how it feels sometimes, feeling disconnected and cut off from the world, and then with something like cat pictures bringing me back," said Maga, according to the hospital's On the Pulse blog. "Thank you all for your kind words, and well wishing. Its means more then you can ever know."

Maga had previously spent more than seven months at the hospital in 2011 while waiting for a compatible bone marrow donor, eventually getting at transplant. But she had to come back to the hospital in July for post-transplant treatment, where she's been away from nearly a month.

Oh man, there's a part in the video where there's a slide of a cat hugging a dog and Maga says excitedly, "Is that possible?! Because...I would like that to be possible." I was holding it down pretty well until then. Get well soon, Maga.

Hit the jump for the heartwarming tearjerker of the day.

Thanks to ChaosLex, who's convinced that cat pictures actually have medicinal healing properties and I believe it.

  • Eviltopia

    I just hugged my cat extra tight. Well, one of them.

  • MaximusJacobus


  • duk242

    This looks like a perfect opportunity for the new Oculus VR when it releases... Instead of needing the projectors, slap this on and then BOMBARD HER WITH A MILLION CATS IN 3D. HURRR.

  • JJtoob

    Two screens would be too much for me, I can only pay attention to one! And pictures are nice, but why not do video too? And I guess I'm a robot because I didn't cry about that.

  • TheCheapGamer

    I don't understand why'd she want pictures of other peoples cats though.

  • Tyler Durden

    I dont mean to sound rude, discriminatory or sick but...couldn't they just give the kid another cat? A real one? Seriously... .

  • Marcus Como

    Did you read the article? Her cat isn't dead, it's at home. And to JJtoob, no, her condition doesn't allow it, her condition being TERMINAL CANCER- you know, where they treat you with radiation to destroy you immune system? You can't just bring in an animal to that environment, even if it wouldn't affect her there are other terminal patients there.

  • JJtoob

    I wanted to say that too. I wonder if her condition does not allow for it.

  • When you're blasted with tons of radiation, a simple pollen sneeze could be dire. Cats, would be 10x worse.

  • Is there anything cats can't do?

  • I regard myself as pretty sensitive when it comes to things like that, and I can tear up quite easily.
    But this wasn't hitting the right spot at all.

  • GirlFromSpace

    This is awesome. And I only have 10 more minutes before I get off work and can cry in my car on my way home.

  • Subby here. Any idea what post transplant teatment could entail? I hope it's nothing too serious. Especially since she received a bone marrow tranaplant just a year ago. Get well soon, Maga.

  • Dammit, GW! I can't cry at work! The old ladies in the neighboring office will think I'm sensitive. I have a reputation to uphold!

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    I would so watch porn on that.

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