Jackson McKie was being wheeled into surgery when he asked his surgeon for a special favor. Dr. P. Daniel McNeely couldn’t say no to his 8-year-old patient.
What was the favor, you might ask?
Patient asks if I can also fix teddy bear just before being put off to sleep… how could I say no? pic.twitter.com/WOKFc5zr91
— P. Daniel McNeely (@pdmcneely) September 30, 2018
Jackson suffers from a rare disorder called hydrocephalus, which is a buildup of fluid in the deep cavities of the brain. Dr. McNeely was replacing a surgical shunt that helps to drain Jackson’s cerebrospinal fluid.
Little Jackson wanted the armpit of his teddy bear fixed and Dr. McNeely obliged, snapping photos of himself performing the “surgery.” He even used some of the leftover stitches from Jackson’s surgery on his teddy bear.
Jackson’s dad told CBC that after his son was reunited with his stuffed animal, he was “over the moon.”
He went on:
He was so proud. He had Little Baby laying up in the hospital bed with him and everything. It made us feel better about being there.
The story warmed people’s hearts.
This made my day 🙂 love the mask !
— Ayoub Dakson (@AyoubDakson) September 30, 2018
Neonatal face mask – helps to preserve the teddy bear’s anonymity!
— P. Daniel McNeely (@pdmcneely) October 1, 2018
Thank you, Dr. McNeely, for going the extra mile in patient care! As a colleague put it, human pediatric neurosurgeon AND ursine pediatric orthopedic surgeon… that's impressive! @pdmcneely @DalMedSchool @Dalnews @IWKHealthCentre
— DalMedSchool (@DalMedSchool) October 2, 2018
Oh my God. You are a special man. Your patients are lucky to have you.
— Irving Gold (@IrvingGold) October 1, 2018
— UF Stem Cell Study (@UFStemCell) October 1, 2018
Anyone who knows the wonderful Dr. McNeely, no surprises!
But owning twitter for the day – boy that is impressive!
Patient's patient care….going the extra mile. #proud ❤️
— DAL Surgery Research (@DALsurgresearch) October 1, 2018
Some wondered if the procedure was covered.
Is this covered by their insurance?
— sweet bitch ☺️ (@__mynamesjeff) October 3, 2018
It's in Canada, so the bear is covered. #universalhealthcare
— Hyper_Canadian (@Hyper_Canadian) October 3, 2018
— Kathy Fowler (@KathyKfowler) October 4, 2018
Many shared their own childhood experiences.
My doctor did this for me (on my stuffed Snoopy) when I was going into surgery at age 6. I’m 48 now. Proof this is something your patient will never forget. ❤️
— Kelly Hughes (@LocalKelly) October 2, 2018
Ahhh. I broke my arm when I was 5. The A & E staff also put a plaster cast on Tiny Tears arm.
— ME Foggy Dog (@MEFoggyDog) October 1, 2018
You’re awesome for doing this. I still remember my Cabbage Patch doll getting fixed at the hospital after I was in a car crash when I was 4. It meant a lot.
— Jasmine Jensen (@jasminerjensen) October 3, 2018
Some wondered how the bear was doing post-surgery.
So errm.. How's the teddy doing? Is he better? When would he be discharged?
— Dame la Coco (@Afrikkan_Woman) October 2, 2018
I honestly hope Anesthesiology was involved to guarantee bear immobility, stable vitals and amnesia for the delicate procedure!
— M. Boris Zuchner (@BorisZuchner) October 1, 2018
The bear had a torn armpit. Perhaps a long acting local anesthetic with conscious sedation?
— Laura Sandy (Seddon) (@Mumofalltrades) October 3, 2018
I hope teddy bear is doing ok! 😀
— Osama Samargandi (@OsamaSamargandi) September 30, 2018
And most just thanked Dr. McNeely for spreading some kindness in the world.
Thank you for the plushtic surgery! ♥️
— Mr Ted (@MrTedsWorld) October 4, 2018
Example of what we all want in Dr – Patient relationship and trust. Well done!
— chris moyer (@cd_moyer) October 3, 2018
A good kind man
— Raffie (@TweetRaffie) October 3, 2018
Clearly you “get it”. One of the most heartwarming things I've ever seen! Keep on bringing this awesomeness to your patients!
— Tiffany Davidson (@TJE_Davidson) October 2, 2018
Humanity and kindness….
— Abdulrahman Sabbagh (@ajsabbagh) October 2, 2018
We wish Jackson and his bear a speedy recovery!