Hospital Lets Kids Drive Themselves to Surgery in Toy Cars to Help Overcome Fears

Having a health issue can be so depressing, especially when there has to be solved with a surgery. So, how to find a way to relax before going to a scheduled procedure?

As an adult you may find a way how to steam the nervousness off, but if you were a child how you can let yourself free seeing all those needles around you and numerous white coats running about. The Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, California have come up with an ingenious solution to relax the children before going to surgery and that is driving themselves into surgery in a toy car. So, what type of car would be a black mini Mercedes coupe, or pink VW Beetle? This distraction had proven to be perfect to calm down the children who need to undergo a surgery.

Surgery can be very scary for every person, the anesthesia, the cut, the stitches, and not to mention the process of recovery. As an adult you know all these procedures and all the possible side effects, but imagine what can go through the mind of a child that barely understands all these procedures and in their eyes that are scary as it would be a horror movie. Children have still not developed the ability to grasp the current situation, for them even a minor cut that needs to be stitched up is the worst thing that can happen to them. In the case of a more serious surgery their feelings would be very intense, and not to mention if you are the parent or the caregiver of the child how would you feel.

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Posted by Doctors Medical Center on Friday, March 22, 2019

Keeping the spirits up for your “baby” no matter of the age would be very difficult as the worries are written all over your face. You have to offer the comfort to your child and you try the best, but at one point you will become overwhelmed and you cannot provide anymore the right answers to all its questions. At those times you will need the perfect distraction, and the toy car present in the hospital will be the best thing that can happen for you and your child.

Thanks to this diversion the fear that both of you feel right through your bones will be gone and instead of it just for a while you will experience the thrill and excitement of driving a car right there in the hospital and in the right moment just before that awful surgery. Instead of your child to be wheeled and looking helpless in all those gloomy lights and walls, he or she can drive itself to the surgery room. All the excitement will do the job, there will be smiles on your face and on the face of your child making it relaxed a little bit before the scary event. This is a win win situation for all, for you, for your child and for the medical staff.

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

Childhood can be amazing but when an illness happens the reality of life with all its fears and worries comes as a harsh blow. This child had fun on the playground, ate pizza with his friends and all of sudden he needs to visit various hospital facilities. Fortunately, there are amazing people working in the medical community who come up with such extraordinary things making the hospital days as an adventure as much as possible.

Life can be very hard and perhaps it is the hardest when you have to deal with an illness and as an adult you try to cope with that as much as you can, but as a child it can be the worst thing happening to you restricting you from going outside and playing with your friends. So, when someone tries to bring some fun and excitement in the life of such child is more than welcomed and appreciated. There is nothing better for this child when the medical staff says:

Hey, you know what would be fun? Let’s go for a drive, kiddo.”