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Internet heroes cure hospital boredom with 3,000 cats

A hospital asks the Internet to submit cat pictures to help a teenage cancer patient who's feeling forlorn missing her feline friend.

Cats make the world go round.
Screenshot by Christopher MacManus/CNET

After a seven-month wait for a bone marrow transplant, 16-year-old Maga Barzalla Sockemtickem endured a lengthy post-transplant treatment at Seattle Children's Hospital. Maga's compromised immune system meant periods of isolation from the outside world. She hadn't seen her cat Merry for more than a month.

To lighten the situation, the Seattle hospital hit Facebook and asked the world to submit cat pictures and well wishes for Maga. Three thousand photo submissions later, the hospital put together a heart-warming compilation called the "Cat Immersion Project" and projected it in a special tent built over the young girl's hospital bed.

"You guys remind me that there is so much good in the world, and its just makes me feel so much better, and connected," Maga said in response to the outpouring of support. "I can't tell you how it feels sometimes, feeling disconnected and cut off from the world, and then with something like cat pictures bringing me back. Thank you all for your kind words, and well wishing. Its means more then you can ever know. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you..."

Be sure to check out Maga's reaction to the immersive cat experience in the embedded video. The Internet Cat army strikes again!

(Via CNN)