Thank you, Iceflower.
Summary of article in Billed Bladet #15, 2017.
Written by Marianne Singer.
Marie is a frequent visitor to Odense University Hospital and on this day she inaugurated the surgical ward for children.
Here she was met by a shy flowergirl in the shape of 7 year old Melina, who is a very frequent patient at the hospital. Melina is a short-intestine-child, and since her birth she has been through six surgeries in order to make the intestines work. On top of that she has diabetes 1, and Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. - No wonder she has so serious and old eyes...
Her mother said: "It's been hard. The one who has coped best is probably Melina. She's tough. We'll make it and we do that by being good at talking to each other. And then we have a fantastic family".
Marie took Melina's hand and somewhat unexpectedly took the girl with during the visit. Melina soon relaxed and felt comfortable sitting on Marie's lap. Or helping our Marie loosening the ribbon at the inauguration.
The hospital is named after H C Andersen (It's basically only outside DK he's known as Hans Christian Andersen) and well inside, Marie, Melina and other patients saw a show consisting of figures from H C Andersen's fairy tales.
After the merriment was over, Marie was shown around at the ward and informed of what they can do.
Marie said afterwards: "It's a festive day with serious subjects. It's of course very important for the children, because nursing and care are a big part of their treatment".