A 17-year-old high school student has figured out a way to keep families in emergencies rooms connected.
Andy Mullenger was looking for an Eagle Scout project, when a family friend was rushed to a local hospital. Other family members immediately followed with only the clothes on their backs and the cell phones in their pockets. The wait was long, and their cell phone battery life was short. From the chaotic and emotional situation, Mullenger found his project.
Mullenger created a mobile charging station. The station is for families stuck in hospital waiting room with electronic devices that need charging.
Mullenger paid for the first mobile charging station through fundraisers like car washes.
That station was put to use in the waiting room of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Vanderbilt's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital.
“This has been a wonderful asset to our families and we are grateful for Andy and his creative ideas in bringing this need to a reality,” said Becky Nickins, Assistant Manager of Guest Services.
Mullenger is currently working on a smaller cart to be used in individual rooms.
Heather Jensen will have the complete story tonight at 10 p.m.