Both here in Puerto Rico and also in New York, I have taken too many friends and family to hospitals, including for my own needs. I am glad that your grandson received the care he needed. I agree about the 'wear warm clothes' and bring a blanket. I also agree that it is part of the hispanic culture in both PR and NY for the extended family to stay with the patient. I got used to that practice in NY. My PR cousin tells me that it was very common for a family member to stay overnight with the patient. I did not do that when my Mom was in the hospital here in PR, but I did stay with her all day, but I did the same in NY. Overall, it might be based partially on culture, partially on a difference approach to healthcare. The comparison also extends to the nursing home experience. In New York, the expectation was that a staff person would take care of the patient's needs. Here in PR, family pitched in on a daily basis, even helping the other patient in the room. Here in PR, I am grateful to have had the interaction with other families and other patients. We still run into each other at different places and give each other hugs. Which system is better?