Unusual Hospital Visitor Helps to Heal Patients

A chaplin helps kids getting ready for surgery

Columbia, SC (WLTX)- A lighthearted ministry aimed at starting the spiritual healing process at Providence Health is brightening the lives of many patients who are going through a tough time. 

Chaplain Lisa Hermann and her puppets have been visiting the rooms of patients as part of the pastoral care offered at the hospital. 

Hermann began her work with children while teaching in Guatemala, but soon realized it resonated with people of all ages.

"It does seem kind of silly, and people are like why do you have a puppet in an adult hospital?" Hermann said. "Sometimes it gets past the hard exterior that can build up when we are frustrated, or we're upset or we're uncertain."

Patient Karen Smarr said the attention and uplifting attitude of both Hermann and her puppet Succotash couldn't have come at a better time. 

"Sometimes you'll be in solitude, your mind will be gone," Smarr said. "Once she came in, it brought a little bit of life back."

Dr. Charles Bryan, who donated a lookalike puppet to Hermann, said the puppet ministry there needs to be more humur in the hospital.

"We need people to smile more and to see the playful side of life, despite the fact that life in the hospital is often full of sadness and tragedy," Bryan said.





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