Heartbeat Songs Offer Young Transplant Patients Special Gift

Heartbeat Songs Offer Young Transplant Patients Special Gift


– Alright, now do you
remember what happened a couple of weeks ago, what did you get? You wanna show? Right, there. – [Woman Off Screen] Yeah. – That’s right. And you know what we’re gonna do today? Just like a doctor would, I’m gonna listen to your heartbeat. OK? And then do you see
these lines right here? – Mm hmm. – That’s gonna record your heartbeat. Do you wanna help me? OK. Our heartbeat program
started a few years ago and we provide these recordings, which is just recording
a patients heartbeat and then adding live music over the beat of their heart so the
beat of their heart becomes percussion elements to the music. We started these a couple of years ago, and we provide them for patients who will end up passing away, so it becomes a legacy piece for families who might be losing their child, to always have their
heartbeat in a heartbeat song to continue their legacy on. And then we also provide
these recordings for patients receiving heart transplants, so if they’re listed one A, and if they’re in-patient, we record a pre heart transplant recording so they’ll always have a piece
of their heart with them, and then we record a post
heart transplant recording so once they have a heart transplant we get another heartbeat recording. And both of those
recreate heartbeat songs. So this is kind of an
example of the process. So once we’ve imported
a file, a heartbeat, into Garage Band, if patients
or families choose live music to be recorded, this is kind of our typical set up. (heartbeat) (guitar chords) – In the first few days of being here he met childlife, really got close with so many people that, he likes music a lot… So that just kind of helped
him connect to his home-life and he got to play his
favorite songs when we went into surgery, like We Will Rock You. He loves to do this
music thing and Heartbeat is just so cool but you
know I think it helps hearing his old heartbeat
with his new heartbeat is um, kind of a way for him
to be more comfortable with the whole idea of everything, coz he has a lot of questions that he doesn’t even know to ask. But, I think it helps him through it. (heartbeat music playing) So I didn’t know what
Meredith was up to at first, but um, after we recorded his heartbeat and kind of listened to it, I thought it was cool to just have it. And then when he started
putting it into his music, it blew our minds. (laughs) He, I never really thought
anything like that was possible, but then I started hearing
about other families who kind of put the new heartbeat
into like a build a bear kind of thing and had that to listen to. But, I think it’s cool to
just have both together, that we can kind of look back on, it’s just like when you’re
looking back at pictures you know you can hear that too and have them as a
memory that he might not you know, have if we didn’t
have a recording of it. – I’ve seen parents and care-givers
really receptive of this project, it’s something really unique. Your heartbeat is very personal to you and to be able to capture
that for families, I hope it gives hope for something, that’s not so great. But we’re able to capture who that… Who that patient is and
who that family unit is through a song selection. And I hope it gives respite, comfort and that to me as a music therapist is why I work in pediatrics, I absolutely love being able
to provide that opportunity for patients and families. (upbeat music fades out)

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