Thursday, July 23, 2009

Police horses cheer hospital-bound girl

Staff from Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics joined with officers from KCPD’s Mounted Patrol Section to bring a patient some much-needed joy this morning.

For six weeks, 12-year-old Jordan Bunnell from Dodge City, Kan., has been awaiting a liver transplant at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, Mo. The Children’s Mercy Child Life Staff quickly learned Jordan was an avid horse lover and missed her horse in western Kansas. To help, the staff helped her decorate her hospital room with pictures of horses. But they wanted to do more.

“She misses playing with her horses, so our Child Life staff brainstormed ways to make this wish come true,” said Jessica Salazar, Children’s Mercy’s Media Relations Manager.

They soon learned about KCPD’s Mounted Patrol Section. Sergeant Joey Roberts said he jumped at the chance to bring some of the Section’s horses to the hospital to let the patient interact with them. Hospital staff cleared the visit with the patient’s medical team, and Jordan met three Mounted Patrol officers and their horses at 10:30 a.m. today. Jordan's dad said the event brought her joy and was the next-best thing to seeing her own horse.

Sergeant Roberts invited Jordan and her family to come visit the Mounted Patrol stables to meet all nine of KCPD's horses as soon as she feels up to it.

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