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Missouri teen celebrates prom while in the hospital


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — When Skylar Russell finished her prom makeup, she turned in her hospital bed to look at her grandfather.

"Papa, don't cry. Because if you cry, I'll cry. And then we'll all be crying," she said.

If Randal Russell was going to cry, he didn't let it show.

Neither of them expected this day to come.

When 15-year-old Skylar Russell fell ill in April, she'd already bought her prom dress and shoes. The staff at MU Women's and Children's Hospital weren't going to let them go to waste.

Because she missed her high school's prom, her nurses and doctor brought the prom to her. The...

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