Saturday, May 7, 2016

What does it mean to "have a heart?"

Last September 18 at a hospital in Zhejiang, China, a two-year-old girl with a pre-existing heart condition was being prepped for surgery. Just before the operation, she got scared and began sobbing uncontrollably, yelling "I want daddy!" Her surgeon, Shi Zhuo, Deputy Director of Cardiac Surgery at the children's section of Zhejiang University Hospital, scooped her up and promised they'd get daddy after they played her favorite cartoons on his phone. This comforted her completely.

An anesthetist took this photo and posted it on Chinese social media where it went viral. According to Dr. Shi, children "all get scared in the operating theater." and staff have comforted many in the past. The little girl's Dad never knew how frighted his daughter was, or how Dr. Shi comforted her. "He just told me the surgery was extremely successful. I didn't know until another patient showed me the heartwarming photos. I almost cried," he said. The girl recovered well and was released September 22.

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