Music Medicine: U-M Therapy Helps 8-year-old Midland Girl Cope

For 8-year-old Everlyse “Evie” Hurst, who was born without eyes and has always feared doctors and hospitals, even simple medical appointments are terrifying.

So when she recently needed seizure monitoring at University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital — which involves a 30- to 60-minute process to get hooked up to an electroencephalogram (EEG) — she was so anxious that caregivers weren’t sure they could complete the procedure.

But everything changed when Mott music therapist Emma Wymer walked in with a guitar.

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