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Clown Docs clown around at St. Louis Children's Hospital

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By Heidi Glaus

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - At a place that is often serious and sometimes sad, five people have been putting their happy faces on for 15 years.

"I'm Dr. Tickles, this is Dr. ICU, Professor Dude, Bubbles the scrub nurse and Nurse Sniggles," Jane Abendschein said introducing everyone.

Pretend doctors and nurses, better known as the Clown Docs, stop by St. Louis Children's Hospital three times a week to bring a different dose of medicine to the patients.

"Can I check your funny bone sir," one doctor asked a patient.

They're not here to cure what ails them, but to hopefully make patients smile.

"They were funny," said 10-year-old Emilio Guzman.

"For just a few moments they can forget about where they are and what's wrong about everything going on in their bodies and the fact that they're not with their friends and just have fun," explained Dr. Dana Abendschein, who is also known as Professor Dude.

Of course, it's not just about the patients.

"We not only build relationships with the patients, but with the moms and dads and grandparents because they need a little diversion sometimes too," added Jane Abendschein.

So they might not have studied medicine, but they certainly appear to be just be what the real doctors ordered.



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