THE DOCTOR IS IN PAIN
Central Florida Health News|March 2020
Hospital Therapy Dog Zora Is the Perfect Medicine
MATT NORMAN, RN

BEING IN THE HOSPITAL is scary. Being in the hospital for cancer treatment is even scarier. In fact, there are few things in life scarier than cancer. One local hospital has a team member specifically dedicated to helping to ease that fear and discomfort. Her legs are furry and sometimes she has bad breath, but Zora is changing the lives of patients and staff alike.

Pet therapy is hardly a new thing. In recent years, it has grown in popularity across the country and more and more people, with a variety of diagnoses, are benefiting from the healing power of pets. BayCare’s Winter Haven Hospital is among those hospitals using pets to help their patients heal, specifically in the Cassidy Cancer Center.

Dr. Kamal Sharma is a medical oncologist at Winter Haven Hospital. Not only does she believe in the effectiveness of pet therapy, but she also looks forward to Zora’s visits herself. She says when Zora comes “the room just lights up.” In fact, Sharma confesses that Zora has helped even her through some difficult days.

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