In The Outsiders, who came to see Ponyboy in the hospital aside from the doctor?

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Ponyboy is never admitted to the hospital in S.E. Hinton's novel, The Outsiders, but he is treated for injuries. He has a few burns and a bruise across his back. Jerry Wood, the man who was supervising kids on the field trip when the church burned, stays with him through the ride to the hospital and while he is being treated. Shortly thereafter, Darry and Sodapop show up to the hospital. Here is a quote: 

"Jerry simply sighed, then grinned. 'There are some people here to see you. Claim to be your brothers or something.' I leaped up and ran for the door, but it was already open and Soda had me in a bear hug and was swinging me around. I was so glad to see him I could have bawled. Finally he set me down and looked at me. 'Oh, Ponyboy, your hair...your tuff, tuff, hair....'Then I saw Darry."

Darry shows his vulnerability when he cries at the sight of Ponyboy and expresses that he was afraid that they'd lost him like they lost their mom and dad. This brings the brothers back into peace with each other, putting aside the strain in their relationship.