Des Moines Hospital Worker Needs Book Donations so He Can Keep Reading to Sick Kids

On any given day, you’ll hear a calming voice from inside the pediatric intensive care unit at MercyOne Hospital in Des Moines.

One page at a time, Dane Pratt brings comfort at the bedside of the sickest kids.

“They can still hear, and sometimes it helps to let them know they are not alone,” Dane Pratt told KCCI. “Someone is there for them.”

Pratt is a cardiovascular perfusionist, which means he runs the ECMO machine for patients like Parker Baker.  Pratt soothing voice is appreciated by the parents of these young children and he loves doing it.   Pratt does check the books he reads out of the library, but he could use your help with donations. That way, he can keep reading to let these tiny patients know they’re not alone.

You can send books to MercyOne Des Moines 1111 6th Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa.

In addition, a GoFundMe page has been set up to support Parker and her family.

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(Photo courtesy of KCCI News)