Making music from the heartbeat of dying children
This from Barrett J. Brunsman Staff reporter-Cincinnati Business Courier
Brian Schreck became the first music therapist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center almost eight years ago, but only in the last six months has he been recording the heartbeats of critically ill children and incorporating the rhythms into songs.
The beat of a child’s heart can sound like a percussion instrument that’s part of a song.
Sometimes, parents have found solace in listening to the recordings after the death of a child who couldn’t be saved, said Schreck, 33, who lives in Covington.
Schreck has recorded the heartbeats of almost 20 children so far at the hospital in Avondale.
Here’s a moving video about Brian and his specific work with the family of the late 14-year-old, Dylan: