Going to the doctor can be a scary moment for any child, and as parents, we're always looking for ways to soothe doctor's visits and just get our children through it without a meltdown. But when a child, especially a young one who doesn't really understand what's going on, has to go to the hospital for surgery or a procedure of any kind, that anxiousness can quadruple.
can be the biggest relief to both parents and kids whenever the hospital plays a big role in easing their fears and Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, California is doing just that is the most fun way possible.
In an attempt to calm kids nerves, they have two mini cars, black Mercedes and a pink Volkswagen Beetle, for its smallest patients to ride through the halls on their way to the operating room, so they are thinking about the fun they are having instead of being anxious. The first car was purchased by the center while the second was donated by a generous employee and their family. This is pretty genius if you ask us.
VW Beetle for Pediatric Surgical Patients
With a little passenger in tow, Caroline takes our new pink Beetle for a spin! Doctors Medical Center now has two little cars available for our young surgical patients to ride into the operating room. We can see the stress and anxiety melt away when they hop in the car ❤Posted by Doctors Medical Center on Saturday, March 23, 2019
Kimberly Martinez, a pre-op nurse at the facility who was the one who came up with the idea shared with CBS News on Saturday, "When the children find out they can go into the operating room riding in a cool little car, they light up and in most cases, their fears melt away." And of course, she added how this whole concept helps parents, too, as they are put at ease whenever they see their child relaxing.
The cars they are using are very safe and even have working doors, seatbelts, and a horn, Martinez shared. Each car is made for kids ages two to seven, so right at that age where having surgery can be a really scary thing. And to make things even more fun and relaxing, the cars come with a stereo, which they have preloaded with music and an MP3 player. The kids even get to feel like they are driving a real vehicle because they have functioning taillights, dashboards, and headlights!
We think this is an idea that should spread to all hospitals!