A surgeon has gone viral after following up the surgery he performed on a patient by operating on the boy’s teddy bear.
Dr Daniel McNeely, a neurosurgeon from Canada, was asked by eight-year-old Jackson McKie to fix his fluffy friend just as he was about to go under the knife himself.
He duly performed the unusual surgery after operating on the boy at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, repairing damage where the bear’s arm was coming away from its body.
He reportedly used stitches left over from the boy’s surgery and even put a neonatal facemask on the toy, named Little Baby, saying it was to help “preserve the teddy bear’s anonymity”.
Afterwards, he posted the images online in what was his first tweet – despite having joined Twitter four years ago – and people were quick to praise the doctor’s actions.
A perfect example of the great work that goes on at the @IWKHealthCentre, along with @DrCChambers and #itdoesnthavetohurt Twitter campaign. https://t.co/nh66wDO8cL— Steven Bradley (@srbradley33) October 2, 2018
This made my day :) love the mask !— Ayoub Dakson (@AyoubDakson) September 30, 2018
Oh my God. You are a special man. Your patients are lucky to have you.— Irving Gold (@IrvingGold) October 1, 2018
Human pediatric neurosurgeon AND ursine pediatric orthopedic surgeon...impressive!— Karim Mukhida (@kmukhida) September 30, 2018
According to local press reports, both Jackson and Little Baby are recovering well.
- Press Association