Hospital delivers children to theatre in remote control BMWs


For any child, the idea of having an operation or surgery is no doubt a frightening one. One hospital in San Diego however has found a novel way to make the experience slightly less scary – by bringing the kids into theatre in a remote controlled BMW.

Rady Children’s Hospital in California has found the fun approach helps make the entire process less stressful, not just for children, but for their parents also.

Dr. Daniela Carvalho, medical director at Rady Children’s Hospital told the network: “It’s not just for the child to feel like this is a fun thing to do.

“But the stress of surgery falls on the parents too. When they see their child smiling, it makes the separation anxiety a lot easier.

“When they see these cars they just light up. They are happy.”

The cars are remote controlled by the doctor or nurse, who brings them into surgery.

Dr Carvalho added: “The kids are having fun. The parents are seeing that they’re relaxed and that they’re happy. But for us, I mean, we’re driving the car, we’re having fun, too, of course.

“So I think it’s a win-win all over. It’s definitely, it helps also with us knowing that they’re doing so well, that they’re happy, it makes us happy too.”

The cars are for the use of children between 3-8, the first lucky passenger was Andrea Destrajo, aged 5.

They were bought with funds from a teddy bear sale, run by San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Agencies.

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