Surgery is scary for anyone, but for Ryan it was nothing new. Born with down syndrome, Ryan had experienced a number of illnesses in his short life that all resulted in surgeries. Recently, when the nine-year-old went in for his ninth surgery, he brought along his favorite toy, Mike from Monsters Inc. While he was sleeping, after his surgery was finished, his surgeon noticed a tear in the toy and decided to do something about it: he performed surgery on the toy. Doctor Groth explained, “With this little guy, I think it made a huge difference.” He went on to say, “It relaxes them and from a recovery aspect it helps that they can relate to something.” Take a look!
Seriously, I’m not sure how many surgeons would go out of their way to stitch up a doll for a patient, but this doctor is truly an angel in scrubs. Thank you, Dr. Groth, for caring so much about your patients!
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