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Keeping in Touch

January 19, 1998

Jim Drennen of Santa Ana occupies himself with a book while little Matthew Tanner snuggles in for some sleep. The job of cuddler in the intensive care unit at Children's Hospital of Orange County is a coveted spot. Volunteers may wait a long time until it's their turn to hold the babies. The cuddler's job is to hold the infant when the parents aren't available--human touch is essential in helping the babies to thrive. Aida Garcia, top, looks over Frank Bailon. Tiny Nathan Parra practices his grip, below.

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