appear v.
To appear is to seem.
→She appeared to be sad. She was crying.

base n.
The base is the bottom of something.
→The base of the table has three legs.

brain n.
The brain is the organ in your head that lets you think.
→You must use your brain to solve the problem.

career n.
A career is a job that you do for a large part of your life.
→He was in the hospitality business for most of his career.

clerk n.
A clerk is a type of worker. Clerks in a store help customers.
→The clerk added up her bill for the groceries.

Effort n.
Effort is hard work or an attempt to do something.
→He always puts a lot of effort into his studies.

enter v.
To enter a place is to go into it.
→Two guards greeted me as I entered the front door.

excellent adj.
When something is excellent, it is very good.
→I got an excellent score on my school test.

hero n.
A hero is a brave person who does things to help others.
→To children, the man in the blue and red costume was a real hero.

hurry v.
To hurry is to do something quickly.
→I hurried home on my bike.

inform [inform] v.
To inform someone is to tell them about something.
→I called and informed her about my idea.

later adv.
Later means after the present, expected, or usual time.
→She missed the train, so she’ll arrive a little later than expected.

leave v .
To leave means to go away from someone or something.
→He packed his bag and was ready to leave for home.

locate v.
To locate something is to find it.
→I could not locate my keys in the house.

nurse n.
A nurse is a person who helps sick people in the hospital.
→A nurse helped me get better.

operation n.
An operation is when a doctor replaces or removes something in the body.
→The operation on my arm was a success.

pain n.
Pain is the feeling that you have when you are hurt.
→His head was full of pain.

refuse v.
To refuse something is to say “ no” to it.
→The dog refused to play with the cat.

though conj
Though is used when the second idea makes the first seem surprising.
→Though he was overweight, he liked to be active.

various adj.
If something is various, there are many types of it.
→She owned shoes of various styles.


I first met 8-year-old Katy on a rainy afternoon. I was a nurse at a hospital. The clerk at the desk told me about Katy. She was there because she felt a lot of pain. The doctors located a problem at the base of her brain. I knew she was special, even before she got better. I’ll always remember Katy as a hero.

When I entered Katy’s room, she was not in her bed. She was in a chair next to Tommy, a little boy. Though Katy did not feel well, she was playing with Tommy and his toys. It took a lot of effort for her just to sit in the chair. But she played with Tommy because it made him happy.

Katy was always smiling and never appeared to be in pain. She refused to just lie in bed. One day I found her painting a picture. Later, she gave it to one of the older patients. Another day she went outside to get flowers for another sick little girl. Katy made everyone smile.

The doctors hurried to fix the problem in Katy’s brain. The operation was successful! The doctors informed the hospital staff of the good news. Katy was fine. She soon felt excellent. She got better and was able to leave the hospital a month later.

I have had a long career as a nurse. I have met many patients. However, I have never met another girl like Katy. Even after she got well, she still came to the hospital. She played various games with the young patients. She read many books to the older patients. Katy’s kind heart helped her get better so quickly. She is a hero to me and everyone else at the hospital.