Halifax neurosurgeon Dr. Daniel McNeely performed his first surgery on a teddy bear after a young recovering patient asked him to stitch up his stuffed friend.
Eight year old Jackson McKie brought his teddy bear, also known as “Little Baby,” with him to the operation room last Thursday. The young boy requested that Dr.McNeely stitch up his stuffed bear right before he was put to sleep.
Patient asks if I can also fix teddy bear just before being put off to sleep… how could I say no? pic.twitter.com/WOKFc5zr91
— P. Daniel McNeely (@pdmcneely) September 30, 2018
The doctor couldn’t say no to McKie’s request, “I thought if there was something I could do to help make him feel better, it seemed like a simple gesture and I was only too happy to oblige,” McNeely said.
The nurses rushed to prepare a little table with tools so the doctor can stitch up the bear with the left over stitches from McKie’s operation.
McNeely decided to tweet pictures of him operating on Little Baby and said: “Patient asks if I can also fix teddy bear just before being put off to sleep … how could I say no?”
According to McNeely, young McKie is recovering well at home. “The small gesture was one example of how health care providers can care and comfort their patients in non-medical ways,” said McNeely.