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Love + Medicine

Published on November 22, 2018

Love + Medicine helps heal 4-year-old and her favorite doll

doctor comforting patient

My daughter Madelyn is 4 years old. She was born with an umbilical hernia, and it didn’t heal on its own, so she had to have it surgically repaired. The providers, nurses and child life specialists were great and made Madelyn feel comfortable during the procedure. She was even able to keep her favorite baby "Big Baby" with her.

Everything went well with the surgery and she came home that afternoon. The next evening she discovered something that made her so excited! "Big Baby" had a matching heart shaped bandage on her belly also! The staff had put a matching bandage on her arm where Madelyn had an IV, and she took that off right after they took hers off (because she hated the IV and thought Big Baby probably did also).

None of us discovered the matching bandage on her baby's belly button until the next evening. I'm not saying that will make her want to go back to the doctor anytime soon, but it sure did put a smile on her face.

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