Gemma loved meeting the Giggle Doctors
We regularly receive letters of thanks from parents of children who have been visited by Theodora Giggle Doctors.
Juliet W. recently got in touch to tell us about how the Giggle Doctors helped her daughter Gemma.
Why was Gemma first admitted to hospital and how did she feel?
Gemma was first admitted to hospital due to a mass in her abdominal area. She was in a lot of pain and very anxious and frightened.
When did Gemma first meet the Giggle Doctors?
Gemma met the Giggle Doctors two days after her operation, where a large incision had been made across her lower tummy. She was attempting to get out of bed for the second time, a process which had been extremely stressful and traumatic the first time she had tried, due to the pain. Gemma was perched on the edge of the bed in a sitting position when the Giggle Doctors came into her ward. Until this point there had been lots of tears and Gemma had become a very quiet, sad and scared little girl. The Giggle Doctors started to engage with Gemma. They gave her a wand to make them disappear and then they hid behind the dividing curtains with their toes sticking out! For the first time in over a month our little girl giggled…and although you could see from her face that it wasn't very comfortable to giggle - she carried on giggling! For me it was a very magical moment!! After their visit Gemma got her fighting spirit and determination back; it had, up until that point, been completely lost.
How did the visits change Gemma’s experience of hospital?
The visits changed Gemma's hospital experience immensely! Now when Gemma talks about hospital she doesn't focus on the scary parts like the scans, operations and procedures, she always talks about the Giggle Doctors and how they made her giggle. Gemma still has the wand and loves to show people how she made them disappear (“but they were really behind the curtain” she says and giggles)!!!
My favourite moment was when the Giggle Doctors made me laugh. It would be great for all children in hospital to meet the Giggle Doctors so they can laugh just like me.
Thank you so much for helping to bring fun and laughter to so many children like Gemma. We’re so grateful for your support.