A Light Fright Turned Delight

The story of a young patient’s hospital Halloween.

The week of Halloween, our six-year-old-daughter Delilah was diagnosed with pneumonia and had to be hospitalized. She was admitted to WVMC on a Tuesday, and as the days ticked by, we realized 2014 would be the first time our little girl wouldn’t get to trick or treat.

In an effort to lift her spirits as she worked hard to improve her health, we decided to decorate her hospital room. Delilah’s friends and family brought different items and she guided us as we made her room quite “spooktacular.”

She took great pride inviting the staff, visitors, and other patients into her room where she was able to give out candy. Her excellent nursing staff went above and beyond, taking her in a wheelchair to view all the different departments, decorations, and to trick or treat from the staff.
During our visit, the hospital had a competition amongst the departments to see who could win a wonderful Halloween trophy. However, on Halloween the staff decided to award Delilah the amazing trophy, and that made her feel like a million bucks.

Not only did the employees at Willamette Valley Medical Center shower her with attention, care, and positivity, but they also brought her gifts, candy, homemade coloring books, and I’m sure anything her little heart would have asked for. As a parent, I never want my child to be sick, but I am thankful for everyone who made it such a wonderful experience.


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