Waverly Hills Hospital
Can you imagine being covered into sickness and the treatment is ineffective or worse, ‘incurable,’ and you’re just lying in the hospital bed praying to die sooner? Can you? Alright!! Enough with the dramatic expressions. How many of you have heard about Waverly hills hospital?
I guess, most of you did and for those who haven’t, let me enlighten you!
America was once, wrapped in the most horrible time in the history of any disease, or, that’s how I’d like to portray the situation.
During 1800 and early 1900s, America was devastated by a disease known to all as ‘white death’ tuberculosis. This deadly disease spread rapidly, affecting entire families and sometimes a whole town.
In 1910, a hospital built on an exposed hill to fight this deadly plague in southern Jefferson County. Soon the hospital became so overcrowded that they had to construct a new hospital with the help of donated money and land in 1924, this new hospital known as Waverly hills which opened in 1926.
The Waverly Hills hospital was then, most advanced TB hospital in the whole country but still, the nonexistence of the cure killed most of the present patients in the hospital.
For the doctors in those days, they believed the best treatment for this disease was fresh air, lots of rest and lots of nutritious food.
Many said that some of the patients survived tuberculosis there, but the estimates showed that 100s died at the height of the outburst. In 1900, Louisville, Kentucky had the highest death rates in America by tuberculosis.
The treatment for the disease was quite brutal and as dangerous as the disease itself. By today’s standard, some of the experiments done on the patients then, in search of a cure were very brutal.
Since fresh air considered as a treatment later, the patients would place in front of a huge window to feel the fresh air irrespective of the seasons.
Other treatments included balloons, which was inserted surgically in the lungs and filled them with air to expand them.
The doctors used to remove the patient’s muscles and ribs from the chest so the lungs could grow more and consume more oxygen. Apparently, the results had to come out as a disaster.
The majority of them (dead patients) left through what known to be as ‘body chute.’ It was a tunnel to where they disposed the dead bodies.
It did so the patients in the hospital wouldn’t know how many dead bodies are leaving from there. For the doctors, the patient’s mental health was as important as their physical health.
This place has a lot of stories to tell- “the story of a little girl,” many witnessed her running up and down the third floor, a little boy playing with a ball, woman with a bleeding wrist who mourns for help and many more.
People who visited the hospital experienced slamming doors, the sound of footsteps in an empty room.
Waverly Hills Hospital “Room 502”
Another story which happens to attract many people including ghost researchers is room ‘502.’
What legend says is that a 29 years old nurse hung herself from the light fixture in Room 502 and was unmarried and pregnant, allegedly.
Some said she took her life because she had an affair with the owner of the hospital and contracted tuberculosis, some said she was depressed with the whole scenario in the hospital.
She couldn’t take the death of so many patients, and thus, she committed suicide. There was no hard evidence on why she committed suicide, but the rumours continued.
It wasn’t the only case in room 502.
Another nurse worked in room 502 jumped off the room patio in the year 1932. Nobody knew the real reason for her death, but some believed that she pushed. This story too, had no evident record to prove the speculations.
Ghost of Timmy
According to legends, Timmy was a 6-7 years old child who died in the hospital from tuberculosis. He has not moved on yet, as he died with his whole life ahead of him.
Visitors bring toys and balls for him to play. Many of them have seen the ball moving on their own, but the sceptics say it might have been the case of wind or the uneven floors.
One of the saddest stories amongst all, in the WHH, would be the ghost of a woman with bleeding wrists. The ghost of the woman roams in the hospital, mourning in agony, bleeding from her hands and feet.
She cries for help, but when outsiders come closer to aid her, she runs away screaming in horror.
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