KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- ETCH and B&W Y-12 have created a special place for terminally ill infants to spend their last moments with their family in peace.
The "Butterfly Room" is a home-like room set apart from the hustle and bustle of the East Tennessee Children's Hospital N.I.C.U. and is equipped with a foldout couch, refrigerator, TV, glider rocker, and more. The room also offers access to all the necessary equipment needed to make both the family and child's last moments together intimate and private.
Designed with both family and child in mind, the hope of the"Butterfly Room" is to allow the healing process to begin before families ever leave the hospital.
It's a service that was not availible to John & Johnna Felton after the loss their daughter Lilly 10 years ago.
"At that time there was no place for people with children who had recently passed to go and just grieve and figure out what you're going to do next," says John Felton. "You want families to have a place like that and it was important for us to come and see it. It's a room you don't ever want to get used, but when it does it's important that it's there."
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