Millis girl donates iPads to hospital
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When Millis resident Holly Hayes, 13, had to undergo unexpected surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in June, her preoperation jitters were alleviated by an iPad offered by the nurses in the unit. But while waiting, she realized there was only one iPad available and subsequently offered it to a younger boy who was also nervous about his surgery. After her operation, Hayes wondered how she could help more scared children like herself and told her mother she wanted to use her own money — all of her savings accumulated from years of birthday and Christmas gifts — to buy more iPads for the hospital. On July 23, Hayes and her mother, Debbie Hayes, donated three iPads to Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary’s pediatric surgical unit. “She really felt it was important,” Debbie Hayes said of her daughter’s effort. Hayes said that because the hospital serves many children who have difficulty talking because of medical conditions, the iPads help them voice their fears in addition to providing entertainment and distraction. “This is a phenomenal way for the kids to communicate to the nurses and their parents when they are in pre-op,” she said. The Hayes family donated the iPads on behalf of the Millis Lions Club, where Debbie Hayes is a member. She said anyone wishing to follow the lead of her daughter to help buy more iPads for the hospital can call her at 508-816-6732.