Elmo visits St. Mary’s

Elmo visits St. Mary's

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — It is not easy being young and in the hospital. So sometimes the best medicine is something that will make them smile.

That is exactly what happened Tuesday for kids at The Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester.

Nik Broekemeier is visiting the Children’s Center to find out what is wrong with his 15-month-old son Sutton. But all that worry is put on hold for a little bit because of a special visitor.

“This is a nice getaway from the room, from the doctors and pokes and sticks,” Broekemeier said.

When they heard about the Elmo’s visit, they thought it was a joke.

“The first day we checked in we found out that he was coming and then we didn’t hear anything since, so we thought it was a sick joke they were telling us because Sutton really likes him. Then we found out yesterday what time and everything. I think we’ve been more excited then him,” Broekemeier said.

Those with the Children’s Center say they try to put on an event each day to keep the kids and their families busy, but this one was extra special.

“If they’re not stuck in their room and they can get out of their room, we love to have something going on, whether it’s just in the playroom, an activity, or something great and amazing like this that gets them moving and grooving and kind of works on getting them not so much in their bed and in their room,” said Katie Ausen, a child life specialist for the Children’s Center.

Ausen said they want to make the child’s experience at Mayo as normal as possible and that goes for the parents as well.

“Just seeing the parents interact too is all we need, but yeah, we always get a lot of thank yous and oh, this was so much fun, we never expected this to happen in the hospital, we hear that a lot too and it’s just usually overwhelming,” Ausen said.

Like most parents, Broekemeier said something as simple as this event is what makes the experience so much better.

“He’s been through a lot the last couple of days with tests and seeing doctors and so getting out of the room and being able to walk around and dance and use the instruments, it’s just nice little therapy for him,” Broekemeier said.

The Sesame Street crew is in town to promote their Sesame Street Live tour so they thought Elmo could swing by for a bit. The performances will be in Rochester October 12th and 13th. For more information on how you can attend, visit The Mayo Civic Center website.

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