Melissa Yu is currently studying interior design at Orange Coast College, and loves photography and watching movies. She is wheelchair bound, but has faith that she will one day walk again. Learn more at

Fear for the Living
By Sarah D. Park with Maurice and Melissa Yu

IN THE WAITING ROOM of Children's Hospital of Orange County, it's 5:41 a.m. and quiet. The hospital staff take deep breaths in this calm before the daily storm, treasuring the small sounds of shuffling feet and subdued conversation.