First Time Gift of Thanks

Even under stress, boy, 8, offers gift and thanks

He was a little shy, even scared about getting his blood drawn. He just wanted to go home, and quickly.

When this 8-year-old received his walking papers, he grabbed a blank sheet of paper and created a card for the staff of Cedars-Sinai's Maxine Dunitz Children's Health Center to say thanks for the care he received.

Not only did he say "thank you," the boy, who was treated in the 4NE pediatric unit, decided to donate money to help other children. Attached to his card was a $1 bill.

"I was the charge nurse the day he dropped off the card," said Allison Brooks, RN, CN II. "His mom came up to me and said, ‘Here, he made this for the hospital.' I jokingly said to him, ‘Oh cool. I can buy a diet coke.' He said, ‘No. No. It's to help the children.' He was so adorable."

Jennifer Ross, RN, CN III, assisted in the boy's care.

"I saw the card after I saw him crying when he was scared of getting his labs drawn," Ross said. "I thought it was very sweet of him to think of other children even after all the stress he went through being a patient."

Ross said when she first met the boy, he was shy and waiting for his lab results, which would determine if he'd be released from the hospital.

"We often have children come by when they are getting ready to leave and thank us for helping them get better," Ross said. "He was different because he was not only appreciative of the care we gave him, but he was also thoughtful and wanted to help other children that come into the hospital. He wasn't only thinking of himself."

Mary Cirricione, RN, nursing director of Women's, Children's & Psychiatry Services, said the Pediatric Department receives lots of cards or notes from patients and their families, but this is the first time the department has received a donation from a pediatric patient.