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A Battle in Song

DAVENPORT, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Music is sometimes so powerful that it can reach through even the toughest of outer surfaces and get right to the heart.

But maybe in Hailey Steimels case, its the other way about, with the battle for a  new heart that inspires the music.

"This girl makes me cry all the time, said Megan Podhirny, the lead singer of Wild Oatz and Haileys nurse at the University of Iowa Hospital.

Megan is one of the nurses who has been caring for Hailey since last summer.

"I've always been told that there's going to be that one patient or family that impacts your life and I definitely think Hailey is that girl, said Podhirny.

Since Hailey knew her nurse was in a country band, when the heart transplant patient started music therapy as part of her treatment, she wasnt going to let Megan get away without a song or two.

"Well Hailey's got a personality and some spunk in her which is why I love her so much. And it kind of became, as I was caring for her as a nurse, she's like "well I'm not doing it if you don't sing, said Podhirny.

They did sing.

It was a song by Taylor Swift, Haileys favorite artist. But it wasnt quite good enough.

"She took these current cover songs that have been played on the radio but erased those lyrics and wrote her own and that's how this song came about, said Podhirny.

What was left was a different song, the same notes but a new message. Its one that Podhirny delivers when she performs with her group.

"She kind of used this as her outlet to convey how she's feeling and the process of her being sick, said Podhirny.

Its about how hard her battle has been so far, but how sweet itll be when its over.
 
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