Thursday, March 3, 2011
Medical Reports: Sound Healing
If you've ever been hospitalized or have even just visited someone there, you know it can be a dark and depressing time, but tonight 7's Robin Simmons shows us how some musicians are using their voices to bring sick patients Sound Healing.
WSVN -- Bryant del Toro is prepping for an audience much different than his usual gigs at bars or club. Every song the young musician is getting ready to belt out has been carefully chosen.
Bryant Del Toro: "It has to be positive Bob Marley, Jason Mraz, The Beatles."
Positive because today his listeners are sick, bedridden some even facing life-threatening illnesses.
Bryant Del Toro: "These people are dealing with very difficult situations. I want to be that three minutes that makes them forget."
Bryant is part of Musicians on Call. It's a non-profit group of volunteer musicians who give their time and talent to play for patients in local hospitals.
Michelle Klinger: "Studies have shown that music actually heals. It lowers blood pressure, it reduces anxiety, it helps with pain management."
While spending a day with the musicians, we witnessed how music can move through a room and touch those who need it most.
Jimmy is a long term patient who can not speak. Turns out it doesn't matter music has it's own language.
Bryant Del Toro: "He talks with eyes, he blinks, and he moves his head around when he likes something."
This elderly woman surprises us all as we watch the music transport her back to a time when Elvis was King'.
One visit even turns into a jam session with the patient and his visitors joining in. All the fun aside what we really saw is how music can help shed light on dark days.
Dawn Ivy-Mom: "We've been in the hospital for almost 12 to 13 days now. It gets a little depressing being stuck here."
Dawn Ivy's young daughter a singer herself is facing an uncertain future.
Dawn Ivy: "One of her vocal chords is paralyzed. Right now she can't sing or talk. It's kind of scary, but we're hoping for the best."
A few minutes of music changed her whole day.
Dawn Ivy: "She's been having a low day, this was just what the doctor ordered."
Six-year-old Natalie was also having a rough day after getting a dose of chemo for cancer, but when this singer serenaded her a smile lit up her face she even followed us down the hall to hear more melodies.
Ledwis Guzman: "She was dancing, she was loving it. When they leave, she asks when they are coming back, she wants them to come back."
And it's not just the patients who are moved by these musical visits.
Melinda Aberman: "We see a lot of very sad things and it's very uplifting for us as staff, as nurses, to have music to listen and enjoy."
At the end of the day everyone is left feeling a lot better including us.
Right now Musicians on Call visit South Miami Hospital and Joe Dimaggio Children's Hospital. They hope to be able to include more local hospitals soon.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Musicians On Call