Bob Marley once said, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” True enough because as for this young patient who just got a tumor removed, all she needed to ease the pain was to be hit by a feel-good song. And who sang it to her? Her own surgeon.
Bronson Healthcare pediatric surgeon Dr. Michael Leinwand didn’t think twice when his patient Kaylee Peeble asked him to sing her a song. He went out of the room, grabbed a guitar, and although he kept saying he’s not a good guitarist, he strummed a few chords and nailed a wonderful acoustic song.
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The doctor, who is working at the Kilmazoo, Michigan, hospital, went to Peebles’s room to check on her after a major surgery the day before. A mass was removed from the 17-year-old’s intestine, leaving her in so much pain, so he asked her if there was anything he could do to make her feel better.
Knowing about his music background, Peebles then asked her doctor to sing for her. Without second thoughts, Dr. Lienwand looked for a guitar and came back to sing a song.
Dr. Leinwand happily played Indigo Girls‘ “Closer to Fine,” painting a bright smile on his patient’s face as well as her family and friends who were in the same room. Though the kind doctor asked not to be filmed, a family member still took a video of him.
Asked about the event, Kaylee said, “I was speechless. He put a smile on my face. I was super tired and I was in pain, and it made my day.It made my whole week.”
Kaylee suffers from Crohn’s disease but has now recovered and is currently studying as a social worker. The video clip, which was recorded in 2014 by Kaylee’s mom, Angie, was uploaded on YouTube as part of a presentation about the nonprofit organization of Leinwand’s family, Crayons 4 Kids. The org aims to give presents to children who are unable to leave the hospital over the holidays.
The video has been viewed almost 11,000 times now and continues to warm people’s hearts.