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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 08, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 9

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'Sunny Sallie" May Welch, Strapped to Her Board Bed.
San Diego, CaJ., April 8. On the
main veranda of the County Hospital
here where sunshine and suffering
mingle a child was lisping a Mother
Goose song.
Her bed was a board her mite of
a body was suspended at an angle of
about 75 degrees. Around her neck
was buckled a stount strap fastened
at either end to two upright gas pipes.
In one arm she clutched a Teddy
bear that had seen better days. In
the other she hugged a rag doll.
"And how's Sallie this morning?"
asked a nurse, smoothing back the
child's tousled hair.
"All right," she answered smilingly.
"Sunny Sallie" they call her, but
her real name is Sallie May Welch
and at the age of five she is making
one of the bravest battles for life ever
Struck down while at play with
tuberculosis of the spine, "Sunny Sal
lie" has suffered as few little girls
have and is how bravely undergoing
the most extreme treatment for that
dread disease.
And one big thing is all in Sallie's
favor her cheerful disposition her
ability to laugh and sing when the
pain is the worst.
"I'm going to get strong- and well
again," she said, "and grow up to be
a real lady just like the pretty ladies
who visit me.'' .. '
Even the doctors cannot say how
long "Sunny Sallie" will remain har
nessed to those two gas pipes, her
baby body kept rigid on the hard!
slanting plank.
"As long as she continues to sing
the little songs her mother taught
her as long as she remains happy
and courageous and hopeful," said
County Physician Webster, "she has
better than a fighting chance. But at
the best, long, weary weeks of pain
and suffering are ahead of her, with
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