Kids can’t drive until they’re 16, but one hospital in California is actually encouraging young patients to get behind the wheel - of a mini car they can drive to the operating room. Staff at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto have recently added a miniature pink VW Beetle and a tiny black Mercedes for their pediatric patients to drive to surgery and they say it’s helping the kids’ “stress and anxiety” disappear.
The idea of heading in to have an operation is scary for anyone, especially for a child. But the minutes leading up to it aren’t as bad if you’ve got a cool distraction like operating a cool car - complete with a stereo, doors that open, and working headlights - inside the hospital. Pre-op nurse Kimberly Martinez came up with the idea after doing some research and so far, the one-of-a-kind approach has been a hit.
“When the children find out they can go into the operating room riding in a cool little car, they light up, and in most cases, their fears melt away,” the hospital says. “In addition, when parents see their children put at ease, it puts them at ease as well.”