NIH holds 7th Annual Sibling Day - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

NIH holds 7th Annual Sibling Day

Posted: Updated:
BETHESDA, Md. -

The kids in this story have spent far more time in hospitals than any child should. But they are not the ones who are sick. Somebody else in their family is.

In this operating room, instead of M.D.s and RNs, there are kids. They know a little about medicine and they learned it the hard way.

Arthur Knopfmacher's sister had cancer.

“She had rhabdomyosarcoma,” he said. “It's a muscle cancer.”

Jasmine Anderson's 6-year-old sister Lilly is sick too.

“She has an inoperable tumor in her brain stem,” Anderson said.

This is the 7th Annual Sibling Day at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center and these supersiblings even got to wear capes.

“What we've learned is that many times, their needs have not been identified where they can be able to feel frightened or worried or concerned about what's happening to their brother or sister,” said Lori Wiener, head of the Pediatric Psychosocial Support and Research Program in the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute. “But at the same time, not feel jealous or feel angry that their needs are not being attended to or all the attention is being given to their brother or sister.”

The kids learned some phlebotomy.

They also found veins on a big rubber arm. But don't worry – what may look like blood is actually just water with food coloring.

They also studied giant red blood cells made of clay.

The kids even got a chance to check out an MRI machine to see how confining it is and also how noisy.

“I'm just surprised that [my sister] has to go through all this,” said Anderson.

She is going through it too. She is spending her summer on the road. Weekdays at NIH and weekends back home in New Jersey.

“I just don't get to see my friends that often or do stuff that I normally do over the summer,” she said.

“We wanted to be able to have a day that's just for them,” said Wiener. “A day just to be able to recognize that they are important too.”

And a way to make sure they don't have to grow up too fast.

  • Latest health newsMore>>

  • 5 old-time remedies that could save you a trip to the doctor

    5 old-time remedies that could save you a trip to the doctor

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:42 AM EDT2014-08-21 13:42:56 GMT
    Even with all of the advances in medicine, don't be surprised if your doctor gives you advice that may ring more nostalgic. Doctor Ray Solano joined us with 5 old-time remedies that could save you a trip to the doctor and could already be in your house.
    Even with all of the advances in medicine, don't be surprised if your doctor gives you advice that may ring more nostalgic. Doctor Ray Solano joined us with 5 old-time remedies that could save you a trip to the doctor and could already be in your house.
  • American doctor who had Ebola has recovered

    American doctor who had Ebola has recovered

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:46 AM EDT2014-08-21 10:46:52 GMT
    At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said. Meanwhile, Emory University Hospital planned to hold a news conference Thursday morning to discuss both patients' discharge.
    At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said. Meanwhile, Emory University Hospital planned to hold a news conference Thursday morning to discuss both patients' discharge.
  • FDA approves new sleeping drug from Merck

    FDA approves new sleeping drug from Merck

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:09 AM EDT2014-08-19 13:09:36 GMT
    Merck Co. Inc. has won federal approval for a new type of sleeping pill designed to help people with insomnia stay asleep. The tablet, Belsomra, works by temporarily blocking chemicals known as orexins that control the sleep cycle and can keep people awake at night.
    Merck Co. Inc. has won federal approval for a new type of sleeping pill designed to help people with insomnia stay asleep. The tablet, Belsomra, works by temporarily blocking chemicals known as orexins that control the sleep cycle and can keep people awake at night.

Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices