Being in the hospital can be stressful for anybody. Try to imagine how anxiety-inducing it must be for a little kid. I can't even fathom how a little kid can deal with the stress of facing life-threatening surgery.
Fortunately, people working in children's hospitals are amazing and are constantly coming up with novel ways to cheer the kids up. Distracting a child from the precarious situation that they are in can be a real challenge. A stuffed-teddy won't make them forget about the wires sticking out everywhere.
Continue reading to discover some of the great ways children's hospitals have made poorly kids smile.
The mini-cars to drive into surgery really are a great idea!
Children need a chance to be creative.
Movies allow kids an escape.
Superheroes fix everything!
Johnny Depp famously visits children's hospitals a lot.Whatever you think of Johnny Depp, you can't deny he's sweet to kids. Dressing up as his Pirates of The Caribean character, Jack Sparrow, Depp entertains many sick children.
Depp made going into surgery a little better.I'm sure getting an operation would be much less scary with Captain Jack Sparrow at your side.
Who would you want by your bedside?I think I would've been way too awkward as a kid to entertain a celebrity visiting me at the hospital.
Imagine if you had no idea who the visiting celebrity was!
via: Getty ImagesThey've come all the way from god knows where and they expect you to be over the moon but instead you're like... "er, mom, has Uncle Billy lost weight?"
I mean, Taylor Swift singing you a song would be pretty cool."Do you do requests? I like this song, "Hot & Cold," do you know the words to that?
Selena Gomez frequents children's hospitals a lot.
Being in the hospital can be a scary experience.Any distraction is a welcome one. I mean, spending all day staring at the walls and at your stressed-out parents would put any kid on a real downer.
Sometimes mom and dad can just make you feel worse.They mean well, but they're just as worried as you are. Stress and worry can lead to word vomit and saying the wrong thing.
How cute are these?
Ride in style.
A pre-op nurse was the one that drove this idea into hospitals.
via: Tenet HealthKimberly Martinez, a pre-op nurse working in Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, California, suggested the electric cars after doing some research. She discovered that, by reducing the level and anxiety and stress in young patients, the whole experience became a more positive one.
These electric cars have a lot going on...
via: Tenet HealthThese Mercedes and the Volkswagen mini-cars don't just stop and go. These machines are fitted with mp3 stereos that the kids can control from inside the vehicle. They have working headlights, backlights, and dash lights. And there's a horn! So get out the way, I don't care who you are... Jack Sparrow or not.