By Ashley Hinson
LUBBOCK, TX -- University Medical Center held a special recognition for child abuse month on Monday where they displayed 1,354 pinwheels in their courtyard to represent the number of abuse cases in Lubbock last year.
Nancy Leal, the nursing department director for UMC’s pediatrics intensive care unit, said the hospital is an appropriate place for the display.
“We treat children here at the UMC children’s hospital everyday that are victims of child abuse and it hurts our heart,” said Leal. “We see it all the time; we see way too much of it.”
That is why UMC decided to partner with Sondra’s Song, a local foster program, and the department of family and protective services to commemorate kids who have been neglected and mistreated.
“I thought it would make a great display,” said Sandi Turner, the director of Sandra’s Song. “Bring awareness, bring curiosity, conversation, and were hoping a call to action once they see it.”
“The first thing that we can do is really just be aware of it, help our community be aware of it, so that people just know and can hopefully intervene at that point before a child gets to the hospital with injuries sustained from child abuse,” said Leal.
Other pinwheels are also on display downtown at the corner of Avenue Q and Broadway.