Surgeon Surprises Kids With Hand-Drawn Dressings So The Scar Will Not Be Their Last Memory Of The Operation
Pediatric surgeon Dr. Robert Parry always takes a moment to make sure a scar isn’t the only lasting memory of a child’s surgical procedure.
He surprises them with a hand-drawn dressing featuring a character or something that personally interests them.
Parry, 62, estimates he’s created 10,000 bandages featuring cartoon characters, animals, cars and other designs for his young patients at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio.
“There was a pediatric surgeon, Dr. Perry Stafford, when I was training at Bethesda. He used to cut out a shark silhouette in the dressings, and they were so well received by the patient families,” said Parry.
“I thought that was a great idea, so I started cutting those out for the boys and hearts for the girls. Over the years, it has expanded and now every child that I operate on gets a one-of-a-kind dressing.”
For Parry, the reward is knowing he made a difference.
“During a time of stress for families, it’s nice to be able to help them smile and laugh,” he said. “This is something positive that I can do for them, which is what I like most about it.”