Watch: Doctor dance-off cheers up seriously ill patients at children’s hospital

2018-09-13 14:21
Tony Adkins.(Photo:Instagram//t_malone3/)

Tony Adkins.(Photo:Instagram//t_malone3/)

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This dancing doctor brings joy to his patients’ hospital rooms!

Hospitals have never been a fun place, especially for children, but pediatric neurosurgery physician assistant Tony Adkins (42) from California, US, knows the best medicine for any patient is laughter.

In an attempt to cheer up his patients before surgery Tony, who works at the Children’s Hospital of Orange Country (CHOC), has earned himself the nickname “Dancing Doc”, reports Metro.

Since the hospital has uploaded videos of Tony and his patients jamming to various songs on their Facebook page, Dancing Doc has become a viral sensation.

The much-loved doctor says he boogies for his patients in hopes that he’ll protect the “magic of childhood” regardless of their diagnoses.

“Dancing with patients is important because it adds levity and joy to the hospital experiences,” Tony said.

"What I'm doing is right in [line] with CHOC's commitment to preserving the magic of childhood and ensuring patients don’t have to put their childhood on pause.

“Studies show when people laugh, smile and become more interactive, the effect on the brain is more powerful than some pain medications.”

In an interview with Good Morning America, Tony spoke about how dancing has changed his patients outlook on their stay in hospital.

"If I can instil a love of music and dance in my patients, in addition to improving their outcomes and outlooks, that’s a wonderful thing,” he continues.

"There’s nothing better than seeing a smile on my patient’s faces or to hearing them laugh – it’s self-care for me too."

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Sources: Metro, Instagram/chocchildrens/, Instagram/t_malone3/

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