NBC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 20, 1978
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(Studio) Special report is on death and children.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) [BOY - recites what father's friends told him about attitude toward his sickness.] Children undergoing cancer treatment at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia mentioned; their ability to talk about their diseases and things that happen to them and how this has affected their attitudes described. [GIRLS - talk about knowing of incurable cancer.] Mtgs. of parents and of hospital staff with regard to problems involved with dying children mentioned. [WOMAN - describes own situation.] Incr. in such openness about death and dying, about cancer, in hospitals across country outlined. Case of Janet Welsh, who is 18 and dying of bone cancer, detailed. [Janet WELSH - talks to family.] [Family MBRS. - talk with Janet.] Welsh family's efforts to keep things normal as possible, but without hiding from truth of Janet's illness, described. [Janet WELSH - says she discusses impending death with family and that it helps them and her.] [Bob WELSH - cites family activities with Janet in hospital and what family's being able to be there has meant to them.] [Janet WELSH - talks about after death.] Further details of Janet's case, which occurred after interview and ended with her death, given.
REPORTER: Betty Rollin
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