This 17-month-old little girl with chronic disease managed to be happy when this Brazilian doctor plays ukulele.
Did you know that there’s evidence that doctors with bad manners aren’t just add to your frustrations while you’re sick but they could also be hazardous to your health? Talking about your health concerns wasn’t easy, even to the doctor.
Bedside manner is considered as secondary to a good medical education, proper experience and high-tech tools and resources. But according to experts, this kind of caring could mean the difference between illness and health, and with a growing focus on patient satisfaction, many doctors are taking note.
The International Journal of Caring Sciences describes empathy as “the ‘capacity’ to share and understand another’s ‘state of mind’ or emotion” and a “powerful communication skill” that uses active listening and deepens understanding. The doctor’s empathy, or the ability to stand in the patient’s shoes, not only deepens the relationship between the two of you and makes you feel more satisfied with your visit, but also has measurable effects on your health.
That is why it is not a surprise anymore if the Brazilian doctor named Dr. Paulo Martins walking in and out of the pediatric oncology unit carrying a ukulele instead of a stethoscope. He works at Ribeirao Preto Clinical Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
But unlike other doctors, Dr. Martins give his patients a treatment, to serenade his patients whenever possible with his ukulele. One day as Dr. Martins went to the pediatric oncology unit as usual with his ukulele, one tiny toddler heard his serenade.
The 17-month-old little girl with chronic disease immediately went to search for him and found Dr. Martins playing his ukulele and singing down the hallway. The toddler rejoiced with her cute dance. She is Sophia Romao, a 17-month-old toddler who is currently battling Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, a type of rare immune system disease
Since birth, she has been in and out of the hospital, undergoing countless chemotherapies. When she heard Dr. Martins was serenading down the hallway, she danced her heart out.
“I was going from one room to another and I noticed there was always a little one at the door. She followed me wherever I went and when I left the last room, she was waiting for me in the corridor,” the doctor said.
“She looked at me with curiosity and it was clear she wanted me to play a tune for her.”
The little girl stomped her tiny feet and twirled around even when an IV tube still attached to her. The video of Sophia dancing to Dr. Martins’s singing has touched thousands of hearts around the world and also praised the doctor.
Watch the video below: