Child Brings Hope and Comfort to Patients at FSLH

Media Contact: 
Lindsay Mogle
Communications Specialist
(315) 624-5602
Release Date: 
May 29, 2012

John Santiago receives treatment three times a week at the Rome Dialysis Center of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH). To bring him greater comfort, a nurse recommended he bring in a pillow to rest his arm on while receiving treatment. Santiago struggled to find a pillow that was the appropriate size, a problem his 9-year-old granddaughter set out to remedy.

After learning more about the treatment her grandfather receives and what dialysis is, Autumn Blinn made him a pillow to use during treatment. Her work didn’t stop there. Autumn made pillows for each of the other patients in the Rome Dialysis Center to rest their arms on as well, calling her creations “Autumn’s Pillows of     .”

She continues to find new ways to help patients and is now making “hug pillows” for children on the pediatric floor at FSLH. These pillows are given to patients who undergo surgery to hold against their incision when they cough.

Autumn hopes to be a doctor or nurse someday, an ideal career for someone with so much compassion for those in need.