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Telemedicine is being used to help children in rural areas get the care they need thanks to the UC Davis Children's Hospital.

The state-of-the-art program is like Skype for doctors. Specialists at the Children's Hospital talk to, advise and care for patients who are unable to travel to Sacramento. The patients go to their local physician's office and together, with a Children's Hospital pediatric special, work to heal the patient.

"So it's really getting them a service that they would otherwise not have," Pediatric Critical Care Dr. James Marcin said.

The Pediatric Telemedicine program is internationally recognized, and its cost effective model has been replicated across the country.

Here's how you can help expand and keep up the UC Davis Pediatric Telemedicine Program:

News10 and the Children's Miracle Network is teaming up to host the 20-hour Give for Kids Telethon (#Give4Kids) on Friday to help raise money for UC Davis Children's Hospital.

From 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. you can call 1-877-719-KIDS (5437) to donate using all forms of payment, including cash through a pledge.

Or go to https://giveamiracle.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org to donate online.

When you make your donation, you can designate that it goes to the telemedicine program or you can keep it unrestricted. Whether or not you say how you want your donation to be used, it will be used on patient care at the Children's Hospital. It's the cornerstone of the Children's Miracle Network -- money given by our community stays in our community.

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