South Korea teen has heartfelt message for caregivers

Published: June 16, 2020

LANSING, MI – A teenager’s heartfelt message from South Korea reflects the level and impact of Sparrow care.

Alyssa Han, 13, was born at Sparrow at 27 weeks and grew to be healthy and strong thanks to our Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Alyssa, whose father was a Michigan State University student when she was born, wanted to support our caregivers at a time when the country is going through the pandemic and turmoil so she created a video message.

“When these events happen, I think we should be more respectful of each other and always have a thankful heart in mind,” Alyssa said.

As part of repaying the caregivers, Alyssa also included a duet on her violin with her teacher.

Her experience at Sparrow had such an impact on Alyssa that she wants to become a physician and one day hopes to revisit the hospital to thank all of her caregivers.

Thanks, Alyssa, for taking time to think of Sparrow from halfway around the world.


Sparrow, a member of the prestigious Mayo Clinic Care Network, is mid-Michigan’s premier healthcare organization that includes hospitals in Lansing, Charlotte, St. Johns, Ionia and Carson City as well as Physicians Health Plan, the Sparrow Medical Group and the Michigan Athletic Club. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan Medicine through the Sparrow Children’s Center and with Michigan State University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and the dedication of our 10,000 Caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and Patient experience. For more information, visit