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Thanksgiving in a hospital room

Posted at: 11/22/2012 6:01 PM
Updated at: 11/23/2012 9:26 AM
By: Berkeley Brean

"I have a lung disease, cystic fibrosis. It's pretty common," the 17 year old on the 4th floor at Golisano Children's Hospital told News10NBC. What should not be common are the dozens of kids and teenagers who have to spend thanksgiving in the hospital.

It's obviously not where they want to be but it's where their health puts them on the holiday. But the kids and teens we met at strong hospital have an incredible attitude about it.

We went into their room thinking we'll get them on TV and help them feel good. By the time we left we knew it was they who made us feel good, especially the young lady with the neat name.      

"I'm Doschanelle Rundt," she said.

We got her to spell it.

"D-O-S-C-H-A-N-E-L-L-E," she said by rote.

Her friends use her nick name.

"Dosch or Doschy."  Her dad came up with it. "I love it. It's really unique and special. I like it a lot."

What she doesn't like is the fluid that gathers in her lungs because of Cystic Fibrosis. She has no control over that. And so several times a year, Doschanelle has to come to Strong to get the fluid out. That's what she's doing for Thanksgiving.

"Being away from the family on thanksgiving, it's just tiring and you just want to be home," she said.

So does Derek Tuckey. The four year old loves dinosaurs and tigers. He has cystic fibrosis too. His little hand is used to the pic line. It's not uncommon for holidays to be spent at the hospital.  

"It's tough, but then again, we don't know any different so it's not like, it's normal for us you know?" his mom Jennifer Bundok said.

It's normal for Doschanelle too.

"Really I don't know any other way to live so it's just like I'm not missing out on anything," she said. "I don't mind it really. It's the only way I know how to live."