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Mom shares story of how hospice helped her daughter in her final days

As a hospice nurse herself, Melissa Furesz said hospice care was the best decision for her daughter. (Photo credir: Shawn Coleman)

SAGINAW, Mich. - November marks National Hospice Care Month.

Hospice care is for terminally ill people who are in the final stages of life.

According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, nearly 2 million people were cared for in hospice last year and more people are choosing it as an option.

Even though the topic is a tough one to discuss, representatives from Covenant's Cartwright Care Center in Saginaw say it's a way to offer comfort and medical care to people in their last days.

Melissa Furesz's 23 years old daughter, Lexie Martin, decided to stay in hospice suffering from cystic fibrosis, a disease that affected her lungs for most of her .

Inside hospice, while nurses worked around the clock managing her pain and offering support, Lexie was able to spend quality time with her family, even celebrating her daughter's second birthday.

Lexie passed away a few weeks later.

Furesz says choosing hospice care for Lexie's last days was the right decision.

For information on Hospice:

https://www.nhpco.org/hospice-month-resources


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