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Children's Mercy Hospital Welcomes Canine Companion

Man's best friend has recently found a permanent spot in the garden adjacent to the chapel at Children's Mercy Hospital. The life-size bronze sculpture, dubbed Buddy, was created by acclaimed Kansas City artist Tom Corbin and has already started providing solace for patients and their families as its newest greeter.

Children's Mercy Hospital Board of Directors member and hospital benefactor, James B. Nutter Sr., along with his wife Annabel, approached Kansas City sculptor, painter and artist Corbin about creating a piece of sculpture. The Nutter's wanted to pay respects to their deceased daughter, Nancy, and provide a companion for the children receiving treatment at the hospital.

"Since these children aren't at home with their pets, they now have a pet of sorts to console them," Corbin said. "Our hope is that he [Buddy] lightens up their time at the hospital."

Read more via KC Magazine.