The Hero’s Journey
University of Miami, Holtz Children’s Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
This four-year, multi-faceted, family-centered care, arts in medicine project was developed by N.T. Hope and its collaborators to support families whose babies are born prematurely.
Dr. Lalinde at the project’s unveiling spoke about how the project came about. “I woke up one Saturday morning with an epiphany of how to bring hope to families in despair. I went to my computer and by noon the project idea was complete and I was calling Dr. del Moral at Holtz Children’s Hospital to see if she was willing.
I had been reading several books by Joseph Campbell - particularly his work about the Hero’s Journey, a mythical vision quest that he found to exist in all cultures. On this journey the hero lands in an alien environment where he experiences many tests and trials. The hero is always aided by a mentor or guide who helps him overcome the obstacles. He returns home changed forever and shares his vision for the benefit of others. It hit me that I had been on this journey, twice...once with my daughter’s birth, again with her death. I found comfort in perceiving those times of total despair as the impetus for my personal growth. My morning epiphany sprang from my desire to give others the opportunity to see their own tragedies from a hopeful perspective.”
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