Pediatric Neurosurgeon Operates on Teddy Bear To Fulfill Unusual Request
Teddy Bear Undergoes Surgery To Comfort His Little Boy
A teddy bear named “Little Baby” and his 8-year-old pal, Jackson McKie are pretty much inseparable.
This would be important for just about any kid, but Jackson is a kid who can use some extra comforting. He has a condition called hydrocephalus which means he gets really bad headaches and has undergone a number of surgeries.
Jackson was having a shunt repaired last week at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax when he made a special request of his pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Daniel McNeely.
Little Baby had a condition of his own that needed some attention. Jackson asked if Dr. McNeely could treat his pal, as well.
The doctor took a look and diagnosed Little Baby “with a tear of the underarm.” And though, Dr. McNeely specializes in brains, he agreed to treat the extra patient.
He also promised as soon as Jackson was stitched up, he would make sure to give the teddy bear “oxygen” and monitor his vitals.
Given that this was his first time operating on a teddy bear, Dr. McNeely tweeted about it.
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
Dr. McNeely says this is actually the first time he has ever tweeted. The response has been overwhelming. He told the CBC “It’s not what I was looking for,” McNeely said of his newfound fame. “I just thought I might make some people smile somewhere.”
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