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KSHB 41: Children's Mercy brings teachers to long-term patients

By Ariel Rothfield

When you walk into Jojo Matlock's room, you can instantly tell he loves superheroes. From his Batman blanket to his Spiderman helmet, he is like your typical five-year-old boy.

But instead of spending his days at school in kindergarten, Jojo spends his days and nights at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

He is a patient currently battling cancer, which means he's unable to go to school.

And this is one reason why Children's Mercy brings school to him, turning his hospital room into a classroom. 

They teach all subjects to patients of all ages, as long as the patient is in the hospital for five days or longer. They are certified and licensed in both Missouri and Kansas.

"We want them to have as normal an experience as possible," said teacher Gayle Domsch.

"If we say, 'Oh, you're too sick to do that.' What we are doing is cutting off their chance to be normal. We can't do that. We have to keep going. We have to keep working. We have to keep learning."


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Learn more about the Hospital-Based School at Children's Mercy