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One teenager has seen a patient walk again after months of physical therapy to strengthen the patient’s legs.

Another watched a woman give birth following hours of labor.

About 20 teenagers volunteer each year at Johnson Memorial Hospital. They change sheets, sterilize rooms in the surgery and emergency areas, warm blankets for patients and sometimes watch basic medical procedures.

The hospital’s teen volunteers save time for the nurses and help the hospital run a bit more smoothly, volunteer coordinator Ann Cook said. For teens, the five to 10 hours spent in the hospital per week is one of the first steps in a career path.

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