Colorado Boy Receives a "Miracle" While In Surgery

For children, a stuffed animal is just as real to them as a living, breathing one. So, when 9-year-old Joshua Wade had to go to the hospital, he wasn’t about to go alone. His best friend Wolf had to go with him. Not only was Wolf an extra bit of courage a boy needs in a scary situation, the stuffed animal was also in need of surgery. Joshua asked his doctor, Dr. Christine Hurtado of Children’s Hospital Colorado, if his stuffed friend could have surgery too. Joshua’s parents tried to gently explain that they didn't do wolf surgeries at this kind of hospital and promised that they would get Wolf the kind of help he needed when they got home. Wolf accompanied Joshua into surgery to make sure everything went okay. Once Joshua was asleep and the procedure was done, Dr. Hurtado and anesthesiologist Tom Strandness decided to slip one more surgery into the hospital schedule. When Joshua woke up from the surgery and groggily reached for Wolf, he found that his best friend was wearing a surgical mask and a bandage on his leg. Underneath the bandage were surgical stitches closing the hole in Wolf's leg. It turns out that Dr. Hurtado is a doctor with numerous stuffed animal surgeries to her credit. "If a kiddo comes in and makes a big deal over a doll or teddy bear with a boo boo, I'll fix them up," she explained. "We want them to feel like a loved one is going through something similar. It distracts them.” After a couple of days back home, Joshua removed Wolf's bandage and pronounced that he was all better.