MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — Virtual reality can be very realistic. It allows people to experience things they never thought possible.
Between scuba diving, jumping out of an airplane and battling multiple myeloma, you would think Aggie Morgan has seen it all, but there is one thing she has always longed for: a hot-air balloon ride.
Kerry Olson, an oncology nurse at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, has been treating Aggie for the last 10 years.
“You start out as patient and nurse, and progress from there,” Morgan said.
“You know, she was like, ‘Oh, we’ll just try again next time!’ and she kept trying,” Olson said of Aggie’s failed attempts to take the ride, usually due to weather.
Kerry got an idea when her daughter, Klaire, asked for a VR headset. After not seeing Aggie for some time, Kerry worried that she missed her chance.
“When she was in the hospital, I was really scared I wasn’t going to see her again,” Kerry said.
Fortunately, time was on their side and the virtual ride was a dream come true for Aggie.
“You’re on top of the palm trees! That was pretty cool,” Aggie said.
It was also something special for Kerry and Klaire.
“It felt amazing to make her day so much better,” Klaire Olson said.
“If this is the last time I see her, then I have the best memory of her,” Kerry Olson said.
Something seemingly simple turned into something truly life-changing.