A 9-Year-Old Boy, And His Stuffed Wolf

Joshua Wade, 9-Year-Old Boy, And His Stuffed Wolf Get The BEST Medical Treatment

Joshua Wade needed an endoscopy last Friday. His favorite stuffed animal, “wolf,” meanwhile, needed stitches for a hole in his right leg. The 9-year-old asked his doctor at the Children’s Hospital Colorado, Christine Waasorp Hurtado, if his stuffed friend could get surgery too.

“His parents said, ‘No, no, no, they don’t do wolf surgeries here,'” Hurtado told The Huffington Post. “They said they’d get him fixed up at home.”

But Hurtado and Joshua’s anesthesiologist, Tom Strandness, decided to surprise little Joshua. When he woke up, his pal had a fresh set of sutures, a hospital mask, and a new bandage. His father, Kevin Wade, posted a picture of of the adorable scene to Facebook.

“I saw Joshua a few minutes after he’d woken up,” Hurtado said. “He was still pretty sleepy but he was very excited. He was full of smiles and happy with his wolf.”

Kevin Wade was clearly touched by his son’s doctors’ actions.”Joshua spent his initial moments in recovery focusing on his wolf rather than any discomfort from his procedure. Fighting back tears I thanked the doctors and nurses,” Wade wrote on Facebook. “It was such a sweet gesture by busy, but caring professionals and I will never forget it. Neither will my little boy.”

Source: Huffington Post



  1. It’s kindness of this sort that is missing from so much of the current ‘rush you in, rush you out’ medical profession, but stories like this remind us that there ARE medical professionals that still take the time to focus on the human aspect of medicine.

    Unless of course, they get sent a bill for it, LOL.



  2. What a delightful story! My eyes brightened with tears at the kindness of those medical staff, even giving the wolf a mask to make him look like a patient that this dear boy could focus his attention on, rather than his own soreness. Thank you so much for sharing this along. Heart warming!!! Hugs, Gina


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