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Nurse Brings Snow to Patient Stuck in Bed

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GREENVILLE, S.C. - A lot of people have gotten to go out and play in this rare snowfall in the upstate this week. It’s easy to take for granted.
 
But for many patients in the hospital, it’s just not an option.
 
As Leah Rigsby looked out the window from her hospital bed and saw snow falling on Wednesday, she couldn’t help but feel a little stir-crazy.
 
“I wished I could be a part of it, but I know I’m in here for a good reason,” said Rigsby.
 
The expectant mom is under doctor’s orders to stay in bed at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, so she thought taking pictures out her window would have to do.
 
But her nurse Shawnda Balliew decided that just wasn’t good enough.
 
“So I went outside and put some in a Tupperware bowl, brought it to her room and was throwing it in the air, saying, ‘It’s snowing! It’s snowing!’” said Balliew.
 
“It’s very hard being in here sometimes because all I have time to do is think about what may happen. And so yesterday, Shawnda gave me the chance to have fun and think about something else. So I built a little snowman,” said Rigsby.
 
She named the snowman Grayson, a name she’s considering for her son.
 
“It brings joy to me. It makes me happy to see her happy,” said Balliew.
 
“I know it was just a little cup of snow, but to me, it was so much more and I’m so grateful for it,” said Rigsby.
 
Hundreds of nurses like Balliew and other workers at the hospital have been staying overnight at work or at nearby hotels. They just can’t afford to risk being away from the patients who need them -- snow or no snow.
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