Treating patients and supporting those who do are so important to society that even its littlest members understand the ins and outs of the job.
Queensland, Australia-based doctor Jimmy Whero shared how his 5-year-old daughter views healthcare by posting a series of her illustrations for a “medical textbook.” She put together the drawings and captions, Whero stressed on Twitter, without any help from her parents.
The first of the pictures was a stethoscope, which Whero received via text from his wife while he was working a weekend shift in an ED. “I thought it was an stand alone [piece] but I got home to a whole illustrated text book!” the dad explained. His daughter wrote on the first page: “A stethoscope helps doctors hear your heartbeat.”
Next came the thermometer, which “helps doctors know your temperature,” followed by a cast, “which helps your bones heal.” Fourth was more advanced: the drip. “A drip helps your body recover after an op.
After was the personnel portion of the textbook. “A doctor helps you get better,” she wrote alongside an image of a female physician — followed by a nurse. “A nurse is like a doctor but they do more for the patients,” she explained.
The artist also included a diagram of how the lungs, nose and mouth function. “Your nose and mouth help you breath. Without them you would die,” she added.
She then explained that operations “are for lots of different things and they are (performed by) special kinds of doctors” and that “a needle hurts a lot but they are very useful.” On the other hand, the author asserted that the scalpel “isn’t really useful. But they save people’s lives.”
Whero’s daughter ended the book with two of her most advanced concepts, a laparoscope and the intestines. “A laparoscope is like a tiny camera. [It] goes inside your tummy,” she wrote. “Your intestines help you fluff. Without them you would die.” Where clarified that “fluff” means “flatulate” in his household.
Naturally, the drawings went viral among #MedTwitter. Whero announced that he’s looking for a means to potentially publish her work and his taking recommendations. His daughter was enthused about the idea, telling him, “take photos and print the pages and make them into books to sell. It will be good for the business.”
If the book does come to fruition, Whero says he’ll use the proceeds to buy his daughter a new bike and donate the rest to charity. He’s also received positive feedback from almost 1,000 people, which he told his daughter.
Her answer? “I know. I told school I’m famous.” She might just be the cleverest 5-year-old around.
Last updated on 10/8/19.