Teens bring aid, comfort to patients' families

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All around the waiting room of the neurological critical care unit, tired faces stared out from the row of seats.

Some tried to occupy their time watching TV. Others flipped listlessly through magazines. Any time a door opened or movement came from the care unit hallway, the group held their breath hoping for some news about their loved one.

Audrey Eckart remembers the feeling of helplessness of being in the waiting room. For more than two weeks, the 13-year-old Whiteland girl sat with her family in the sterile lounge of IU Health Methodist Hospital while doctors worked to save her uncle’s life.

“No one had anything, and during those first two or three nights, no one wanted to leave,” Audrey said.

To help ensure other families get some measure of comfort during that trying time, Audrey and her friend, Molly Roller, founded their own service project. Lee’s Lifelines puts together care packages of food, hygiene items and a Bible for people waiting at the neurological critical care unit at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

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