16-month-old needed distraction for surgery under local anesthesia
When 16-month-old Mohammed Hassan was brought to Thumbay Medical Hospital with a smashed fingertip, he was screaming in pain. Doctors struggled to treat his injury – until a group of medical students sang and danced.
In a video that recently went viral on social media, students at Gulf Medical University (GMU) are seen clapping and singing the popular children’s song “Baby Shark” – and it worked wonderfully. Amused, the little boy does not seem to notice the procedure being done on his left finger.
“Mohammed’s finger accidentally crashed into a door while playing with his older sister,” said Ahmed Hassan, the toddler’s father.
The family took him to different hospitals, where they were told that surgery under general anesthesia was needed. âI was not ready for general anesthesia for such a young child,â Ahmed said.
However, when they rushed him to Thumbay University Hospital in Ajman, Dr Faisal Ameer – a consulting plastic surgeon and reconstructive surgeon – said the procedure could be performed under local anesthesia.
The big challenge, however, was that baby Mohammed couldn’t stand still. So the students consoled and distracted him with a funny song.
âThe baby started looking around curiously when we sang to him, and he was so amused that he was distracted,â said Radha Pulate, fourth-year MBBS student at Thumbay Group GMU.
Maha Alam, another fourth grade student at GMU, added: “My younger sister loves the baby shark song, and it struck my mind. The song became a miracle. I just started singing it. for him and it calmed him down. “
The procedure then proceeded successfully. âHer nail was hanging off with a little piece of fabric. We removed the hanging nail, repaired the nail bed and the cast was placed,â Dr Faisal said.