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By Rashod Ollison
The Virginian-Pilot 

Sentara's Music and Medicine is a healing duet for patients

 


NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — When the Johnny Cash melody frustrates James Rodriguez, he chuckles, shakes his head and says, "I don't know."

Tracy Bowdish gently pushes him, taking his hand into hers as she leans closer and sings, in bell-clear perfect pitch, lyrics from "I Walk the Line." The goal is to get Rodriguez to find the words, still a difficult task since his stroke in summer 2011. But the Norfolk resident's progress has been "remarkable," says Sandra, Rodriguez's wife of 47 years, who sits within arm's reach of him, nodding.

They're all in a small room inside Fort Norfolk Medical Center...



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