A DOCTOR at Nong Bua Daeng Hospital, Chaiyaphum province, took on the role of superhero Spider-Man in sending a three-year-old boy who has recovered from coronavirus home to help with the mental healing process because hospitalised children become stressed, Thai Rath newspaper said this evening (May 7).
The doctors and nurses at this hospital believe just healing the body is not enough with it being equally important to find ways to help with psychological healing, especially in the final recovery period.
Dr. Putthas Mudchai, director of Nong Bua Daeng Hospital, said his hospital has a duty to take care of coronavirus patients in Nong Bua Daeng and Phakdi Chumphon districts. Currently there are 28 cases with 10 of them being children and seven having recovered.
The hospital has to find ways to take special care of pediatric patients and ensure that they trust the doctor and not make a fuss and become worried, he said, adding this made it vital to build a connection with the children.
While the hospital has pediatricians and a psychiatric team to take care of them, other techniques are also needed to ensure their physical and mental wellbeing. This is mainly through recreational activities such as giving them toys and encouraging them to paint.
Arranging for Spider-Man to take the recovered small boy to the ambulance for his trip home attracted a lot of attention from the hospitalised children and drew them closer to the medical team and helped them relax.
Spider-Man sending the recovered small boy home. Photos: Thai Rath