Video of little girl with rare cancer dancing to doctor's ukulele tunes became viral

Ksenia Novikova
Jun 08, 2018
12:54 P.M.

Dr. Paulo Martins played out his ukelele in the hospital to cheer up older patients when a little patient heard him playing and started looking for him.


According to Liftable, a video uploaded on YouTube revealed how the doctor's music, played in the pediatric oncology ward of the hospital, attracted a little patient, Sophia, who had been diagnosed with a rare disease called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis.

The little angel followed the doctor’s voice and the twangs of the instrument as he went from room to room. She waited out in the hallway as he finished each song and followed him to wait outside the next room.

Sophia, who was seventeen months old when the video was taken, lives with her family in Sao Carlos, Brazil. She has been battling Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH), a disorder of the immune system cells, since April 2017.

Although the disease is not strictly cancer, it presents with cancer-like conditions and is treated by chemotherapy

Once the charismatic doctor had finished with his rounds, he found Sophia waiting for him. Though she didn’t say a word, Dr. Martins knew she wanted him to perform for her.


He didn’t know what to play for her, as he did not know any children’s songs, but Sophia’s dad explained that the little girl actually likes adult music.

As he sang and performed for Sophia she was overjoyed and danced along, with her IV pole still attached to her little body. Even when he had finished the song, she looked to him asking for him to keep on playing; which, of course, he did.

'When I sang it for Sophia, she danced and sang along and when the song ended she kept on looking at me for more. So, I played it again and she danced even more. It was a magical moment, unique and emotional,' recalled the doctor, as Daily Mail reported.

‘Music is a powerful instrument in the recovery of children and adolescents and I often combine it with traditional treatments to encourage positive thinking and hope in my patients,’ he said. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa

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