Bill Syringe Feeds Ben

After Ben's surgery to remove a golf-ball sized tumor from her pancreas in February 1997 up until her death 6 months later Ben had to be hand fed. The syringe was one used to give medicine to babies and appears out of focus at the lower left. We fed her a variant of a recipe first concocted by Fran Wiles -- consisting of Sustecal, turkey baby food, banana yogurt, Nutrical, and a bit of Taurine. Sometimes during good periods she would eat solid food on her own out of one of the communal bowls.

This picture was taken about a month before Ben's death.

Ben's sister Jerry also required hand feeding during her illness. In contrast Jerry never ate on her own and even usually had to be given water by hand.

Ben       Dec 1989 - Aug 22, 1997

Bill Syringe Feeds Ben