Clown Doctor Saves the Day. The Power of Laughter to Sick Children.



It will always be painful to see your loved ones get sick specially if they have been suffering from terminal illnesses or chronic diseases. Attention, love and care are essential at these stages. One of the most valuable care we could give at these delicate times is the gift of laughter. During these times, the feeling of sadness and hopelessness are inevitable. That is why giving smiles and laughter are the best way of alleviating sadness and uplifting their spirits.

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 A hospital in Melbourne, Australia named Royal Children’s Hospital have been trying to administer laughter to their patients who are children by surrounding them with nine clown doctors. These doctors are not really medical doctors but they were employed to administer laughter to alleviate sadness and lift children’s spirit. They dress up in bright, colorful clothing with make-up, wigs and squeezable red big nose. They regularly make rounds to visit children and bring joy and laughter. The program has been funded by a charitable organization called the Humour Foundation, which is “dedicated to promoting and delivering the health benefits of humor.”


“These professionally trained performers helped calm distressed children in the Emergency Department, provide a distraction of children who are undergoing painful or uncomfortable procedures, or simply turn a frown upside down.”

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One of the patients in Royal Children’s Hospital named Millie has been visited by clown doctors. She was born prematurely and she was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Just before her third birthday, she was also diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.



“As you can imagine, she depends a lot of time in hospital having lots of tests, procedures, and chemotherapy. The cancer treatment is expected to be ongoing for two to three years in total. Despite the serious illness that she faces, Millie’s experiences at the hospital have been positive and she looks forward to her frequent hospital visits, which of course makes the whole journey easier on her, as well as our whole family." Kate said, Millie’s mother.
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“We never know when the Clown Doctors may appear—whether it’s during a blood test, when she’s admitted to the ward, or even when we’re pacing the hallway to calm her down after a distressing procedure—and immediately things become okay again. For that moment in time it’s all about fun, songs, jokes and bubbles, and will usually set the mood for the rest of the day.” She continued.
“Her two older brothers love seeing the Clown Doctors just as much as Millie does—and it’s pretty good therapy for us parents too! We thank you for being there during the tough times and helping to keep our little girl smiling. We consider the Clown Doctors part of Millie’s team, because laughter really is the best medicine.”
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According to Dr. Spitzer, the one who founded The Humour Foundation: “Plenty of Studies have shown that laughter can combat many common ills. For instance, research suggests that humor may lower blood pressure and release endorphins. Laughter is also proven to improve circulation, stimulate the nervous system, heighten the Immune System and make the heart stronger.”

Laughter really gives them hope to continue life—a normal and healthy life that has been taken from them. May this journey of laughter continue so they may save the children’s joy in life and in spirit. May we also spread smiles and laughter to other people so we can help them be alive and happy. We’ll never know, our smiles and laughter might save a life one day.

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