If there’s a chance that VR could lead to an early discharge, it may make sense for a hospital to spend on the hardware. (Photo: Getty)

(Bloomberg) — When Deona Duke woke up from a medically-induced coma to begin recovering from burns that covered almost a third of her body, one of her treatments was hurling snowballs at penguins.

The 13-year-old was set on fire when a bonfire exploded on her and her friend. To prevent infection, burn victims need their bandages changed and dead skin scraped away. Sometimes, even morphine isn’t enough to make that tolerable.

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