Upstate Hospitals Allow Young Patients To Play Pokemon Go

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Hospitalized children will now be allowed to play Pokemon Go at two Greenville hospitals.

The game, which allows players to capture digital creatures through their cell phone app, is taking the world by storm but until now sick children weren’t able to play because of their limited mobility.

“I think that’s really nice for them to explore, like get better while they’re having fun,” said Rodriguez Nance, a 12-year old patient at Shriners Hospital For Children.”

Nance suffers from a rare genetic disorder which affects bone growth. His father says the game has helped improve his son’s health.

“It helps him really with his physical therapy by walking,” said Rico Nance. That’s what he needs to do to get his knees where they need to be at for physical therapy.”

Shriners isn’t the only medical facility doing this. Children’s Hospital is using Pokemon Go to help get bedridden children out of bed.

“Scavenger hunts have long been a tool that we used and this is one that goes mobile on your phone,” said Emily Durham, Childlife Supervisor with Greenville Hospital System.

Both hospitals stress that only patients will be allowed to play the game on site.

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