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WebMD: Hurricane Katrina's Little Heroes

Are the kids faced with adult responsibilities today at emotional risk tomorrow?

September 2005

With great tragedy often comes great heroism. And in this sense, Hurricane Katrina is no exception. While heroes come in all shapes and sizes, many children seem to be rising to this occasion.

Whether it's the poignant image of a 6-year-old boy holding a 5-month-old and leading a group of five toddlers to safety in downtown New Orleans or the lemonade stands run by children popping up on street corners and country roads across the U.S to raise money to help hurricane survivors, growing numbers of children seem to be pitching in however they can.

But what effects will this tragedy have on the mental health of those children who have been most affected?

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