Elmo Brings Smiles to Kids at Mayo Clinic

Posted at: 09/24/2013 6:23 PM
Updated at: 09/25/2013 9:05 AM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- With shots and needles the hospital can be a scary place for kids.

Tuesday the children at St. Marys hospital had a special visitor that changed that. Elmo made a stop to play and dance with kids staying at the hospital. It’s been said that music can heal the soul. Elmo’s visit at St. Marys hospital did much more than that.

"Sutton's here because doctors are searching for answers to his medical problems," said Nik Broekemeier.

Like many of the kids here 15 month old Sutton and his family were very happy to let Elmo give them a nice little break from their medical worries.

"This was a nice little get-a-way from the room from doctors, from sticks, and pokes," said Nik Broekemeier.

"It's always fun to have special events, but I think to have someone like Elmo who all the children love, was extra fun," said Mayo Clinic’s Christina Wood.

Wood is a Mayo Clinic music therapist. She says visits like this one are much more important than one may think.

"It helps it not be such an intimidating environment and to help them know they can still be children and have fun and play, music is important as part of the healing process," said Wood.

For anyone who saw the giant smiles on the faces in the crowd it was obvious that Elmo's visit wasn’t just for the kids that love him.

"It's just nice to see him be able to see Elmo, one of his favorite characters, it's just a nice little get-a-way," said Broekemeier.

Tuesday wasn't Elmo’s only scheduled visit to Rochester. Sesame Street Live will be in town October 12th through the 13th at the Mayo Civic Center.