A passionate doctor at a children's hospital realized how being in such a cold and gloomy atmosphere brought down their young patients. She decided to arrange surprise performances for the kids to brighten their spirits.
Dr. Angela Peters was a pediatrician working at a children's hospital. She had always been passionate about kids. If she hadn't pursued her passion for becoming a doctor, she would've been a teacher working with children.
Dr. Peter's work in the children's hospital was not easy, especially when it came to dealing with in-house patients. She realized that the hospital setting scared most children and brought down their spirits.
Dr. Peters loved her work as a doctor. | Source: Pexels
Every day, Dr. Peters would see children clinging to their parents, crying at the sight of needles and medical equipment, and refusing to eat the bland hospital food. She didn't want her patients to see the hospital as a place of despair but as a place of hope, healing, and new beginnings.
One day, Dr. Peters dealt with a challenging patient. The young girl needed surgery for a broken leg and refused to be touched by anyone. She yelled, waved her arms, and would not calm down. It was only when her mom promised to take her to the cinema once she recovered did she calm herself down to cooperate with the hospital staff.
That experience gave Dr. Peters an idea. She realized that children were visual beings who enjoyed stories and performances. She started to formulate a plan for the kids, from when they were admitted to the hospital until they were discharged.
Dr. Peters wanted to think of a way to make her young patients' hospital experience more comfortable. | Source: Pexels
She called the hospital directors and her colleagues to a meeting and proposed her idea. "Every day, we see crying children refusing to get treatment because they're scared. The idea of being in a hospital connotes something negative to these children, and I think it's time we did something about it," she began.
The directors looked at each other as she said this, as they knew Dr. Peters' plan had potential as soon as she started talking about it. "Tell us more," they urged.
Dr. Peters' colleagues and directors liked her idea. | Source: Pexels
Dr. Peters excitedly shared her ideas at the meeting, where she passionately spoke about why she thought it was important to have a program set in place for their young patients.
After she was finished, everyone agreed that Dr. Peters' plan was a good idea. The directors gave her the go signal and she was asked to manage the whole program.
Dr. Peters was happy to see that her patients were more comfortable at the hospital. | Source: Pexels
On the first day of the program, a young boy was admitted to the hospital for respiratory disease. He was frantic and tense, refusing to cooperate with the doctors and nurses. "No! I'm scared! I want to go home!" he yelled.
Dr. Peters entered his room and assured him that everything was going to be fine. "Don't be scared, dear," she said, trying to soothe the boy. "I have a couple of friends who want to say hi to you. Do you, by any chance, know who The Avengers are?" she asked.
The boy's eyes widened. "The Avengers are here?"
Dr. Peters nodded. "They came to visit YOU! Would you like them to come into your room? I think they want to say hi," she smiled.
Dr. Peters shared that a special group of superheroes wanted to meet the young patient. | Source: Pexels
The boy excitedly nodded his head and started to calm down. He stopped crying and excitedly watched the door, awaiting the performers.
"Is this Steve's room?" a man dressed as Captain America asked. The boy's mouth dropped in excitement, nodding his head.
"We have the same name!" he squealed.
"Why yes. I'm Captain Steve Rogers – Captain America for many. With me here are my friends Iron Man, The Hulk, Black Widow, Hawk-Eye, and Thor. We've come to welcome you into your temporary room," the performer told him.
The young patient spoke to the performers for a couple of minutes, and it was clear that the energy in the room switched from tense to calm. He asked the superheroes to come back, and they promised to do so if he chose to cooperate with the doctors and nurses to complete his treatment.
Steve was delighted to have met his favorite superheroes, and it motivated him to complete his treatment. | Source: Pexels
Throughout Steve's stay at the hospital, he remained cooperative and brave, inspired by The Avengers he had met. Once his treatment was completed, the superheroes visited him again and performed a song for him. He was delighted and gushed that he couldn't wait to tell his friends at school that he met The Avengers.
After the program was launched, all the doctors, nurses, and directors noticed drastic changes in the moods of the children they worked with. They no longer feared the hospital. Instead, they felt comfortable in their rooms, thanks to their favorite characters visiting them.
Doctors and nurses started to have an easier time dealing with their patients too, and once they were ready to head home, they'd leave the hospital with a smile after witnessing a farewell performance from their favorite superheroes.
"Thank you for the wonderful stay. I'm so happy I can walk again so I can become a warrior like you!" one boy said to one of the characters dressed up as his favorite superhero. Dr. Peters couldn't help but smile upon hearing this, as she realized she removed the kids' fear of hospitals and inspired them to dream and look forward to the future as well.
Parents thanked the hospital staff for their exemplary service and for their dedication to the work. They said that to their children, these were more than just farewell performances, but rather, a celebration of a beautiful new beginning for their kids as they're discharged from the hospital.
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