Bereaved parents help pediatric hospitals, medical professionals deliver bad news

By , Daily Memphian Updated: September 26, 2018 12:18 PM CT | Published: September 25, 2018 5:26 PM CT
<strong>Dr. Justin Baker, chief of St. Jude&rsquo;s Division of Quality of Life and Palliative Care, takes a selfie with Dr. James Downing, president and CEO of St. Jude, during last year's inaugural St. Jude Pediatric Palliative Oncology Symposium.</strong> <strong>&ldquo;So often there&rsquo;s this tension that is felt around palliative care and hospice,&rdquo; said Baker. &ldquo;They think about it in the context of only bad news. We&rsquo;ve tried to reshape that here.&rdquo;</strong> (Photo courtesy of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital)

Dr. Justin Baker, chief of St. Jude’s Division of Quality of Life and Palliative Care, takes a selfie with Dr. James Downing, president and CEO of St. Jude, during last year's inaugural St. Jude Pediatric Palliative Oncology Symposium. “So often there’s this tension that is felt around palliative care and hospice,” said Baker. “They think about it in the context of only bad news. We’ve tried to reshape that here.” (Photo courtesy of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital)

When 9-year-old Sydney Ives attended her first piano lesson, she put her hands on the keys and when she attempted to play a note, her right hand fell flat to her side, as if she’d had a stroke.

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Michelle Corbet covers business for The Daily Memphian. Prior to, she was a reporter at the Memphis Business Journal. A native Memphian and University of Memphis graduate, Michelle covered business in Conway, Arkansas after college. Michelle got her start covering business as an intern at The Commercial Appeal.


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