Dancing Doctor Surprises Seriously Ill Children Who Haven’t Smiled In Days

Dancing Doctor Surprises Seriously Ill Children Who Haven’t Smiled In Days

SPORTbible 1 day ago 39K  Shares Dancing Doctor Surprises Seriously Ill Children Who Haven’t Smiled In Days Wed Sep 12 2018 12:26:35 GMT+0100 (BST) Thu Sep 13 2018 17:48:11 GMT+0100 (BST) Rachael Grealish Rachael Grealish in  News Powered by This doctor is a modern-day Patch Adams – but instead of telling jokes, he's dancing…

Dancing Doctor Surprises Seriously Ill Children Who Haven't Smiled In Days

This doctor is amodern-dayPatch Adams – but instead of telling jokes, he’sdancing into theheartsof seriously ill patients.

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Credit: Caters

As the famous saying goes, ‘laughter is the best medicine’ – andpaediatricneurosurgery physician assistant Tony Adkins seems to agree in spades.

In an attempt tocheer up one seriously ill child post-op, 42-year-old Tony, from Orange County, California, decided to spontaneously break out into dance – and since then, busting a movehas developed into a vital partof his treatment.

He insists that smiling and being more interactive is ‘more powerful’ than some pain medication and now he boogies down withall ofhis patients atthe Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). It’s no surprise, then, that he’s been awarded the nickname ‘Dancing Doc’.

Credit: Caters
Credit: Caters

Hoping to protect the ‘magic of childhood’ inall ofhis patients, despite some of their conditions, Tony pledges to continue dancing throughout his medical career.

Also an army veteran, Tonysaid: “Dancing with patients is important because it adds levity and joy to the hospital experiences.

“What I’m doing is right in with CHOC’s commitment to preserving the magic of childhood and ensuring patients don’t have to put their childhoods on pause.

“Studies show that when people laugh, smile and become more interactive, the effect on the brain is more powerful than some pain medications.

“It has a clinical value as it allows me to assess a patient’s physical abilities, mobility and recovery process.

“I recently had a patient who reluctant to get out of bed after surgery, but when I came in one morning to see him, an invitation to dance got him out of bed and moving.

“After we finished dancing, he kept going andstarting doinglaps around the hospital floor – it was awesome to see.

“Nurses have told me that when patients get admitted to the unit, they will ask for me specifically.

“I’m not formally trained in dance, but I’ve always loved music and movement.

“If I can help to instill a love of music and dance in my patients, in addition to improving their outcomes and outlooks, that’s a wonderful thing.

“There’s nothing better than seeing a smile on my patient’s faces or to hear them laugh – it’s self-care for me too.

“I will definitely continue to dance with my patients – it’s become an integral part of my treatment and care for children.

“Nothing is more important than the health of a child, and I am so lucky to play an integral role in that.”

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Rachael Grealish

Rachael is journalist from West Cumbria, recently moved to Manchester for an exciting opportunity at LADbible. She used to work as an editor of a small newspaper, in Cumbria. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.

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