Hadassah

Medical Clown Nehama’s Blog, Chapter Three

Wednesday, Jul 12 2017

In this blog, I bring you a lyrical story by Medical Clown Shiri Breuer, entitled “Miracles Do Happen.” 

Setting:  Hadassah Hospital Emergency Room

I pass through the rooms. Here is a dark room; here are a grandmother and a grandfather; here is a mother in pain; and here is a young girl lying in bed, looking at the ceiling, not responding.

"Bonjour," I say. The grandmother answers me and the exploration begins. At the same time, I look at the girl, her eyes fixed on me, but she has no expression. Is she conscious?

In the meantime, the atmosphere in the room becomes more relaxed, and the grandfather also enters the picture. For a moment, we are “walking” around Les Champs-Élysées, chatting in French and Hebrew.

The mother asks the grandmother in English, “Is the girl laughing?” The grandmother replies, “No,” and the mother asks me to leave--the girl should rest, she says. I leave without hesitation and continue to the next room.

There is a familiar girl there, and we continue with the games and the meeting.
When I finish, on the way back I see that the first room has changed unrecognizably.

It's bright. The girl is sitting at the table eating. "How are you?" I ask the mother. "It's a miracle," she says. "I do not know what you did, but from the moment you left, she started talking--for the first time since we came here, and she asked to eat."

"So can I come in?" I ask. "Yes," the mother answers. I go in, take out a balloon, blow it up, and give it to the father, who is standing on the other side of the bed. The balloon flies off, because I didn't tie it up--and the girl just laughs. I blow up the balloon again, and again the air comes out and the girl laughs a simple laugh, a relaxed laugh. The mother doesn't believe it. Yes, again and again and again.

The next day I arrive and it turns out that they are already in the ward and will go home the following day. The mother thanks me. “It was a miracle,” she says; “I do not know what you did.” She tells me the story--how they almost lost their daughter, how she almost drowned and, at the last moment, they rushed her to Hadassah’s emergency room and she was saved. But they did not know her cognitive state. The first time she reacted was after I had been in the room.

I am amazed to see the effect clowning has in the hospital. When I entered the room, I felt that something was stuck there. The clown, unlike the rest of the staff, comes from a different place. By allowing myself to relax the atmosphere, to see things in a new light from a different place, I enabled the girl to choose something new (which she must have already been ready for herself).

So sometimes... miracles do happen.--Shiri, for seven years a Hadassah Hospital Medical Clown

See more about Medical Clown Nechama
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

Comments

No comments yet.
First Name
Email
Comment
Enter this word:

Related Stories

alt_text Fighting Anti-Semitism: Update

In the wake of frequent anti-Semitic attacks across the country, Hadassah members are speaking out and getting involved in national and local efforts to fight anti-Semitism, hate, and white supremacy.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Wednesday, May 15 2019

Hadassah Announces 2019 Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Recipients

Hadassah has named the recipients of its 2019 Leaders of Tomorrow Award for Young Women scholarship, announced Ellen Hershkin, National President, Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA). This is a highly selective, merit-based competition.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Wednesday, May 1 2019

Hadassah Signs onto Letter Condemning Anti-Semitic Cartoon in the NY Times

In response to the outrageous anti-Semitic cartoons in the NY Times, yesterday Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), signed onto a letter initiated by the Jewish Council of Public Affairs (JCPA) on Monday, April 29, demanding a response from the newspaper.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Sunday, Apr 28 2019

Hadassah Statement on the San Diego Chabad Shooting

Hadassah mourns, with the worldwide community, the tragic loss of Lori Gilbert-Kaye z”l, a beloved member of the Bat Harim group of Hadassah San Diego

READ MORE ›

Donation Questions

donorservices@hadassah.org

(800) 928-0685

Membership Questions

membership@hadassah.org

(800) 664-5646

Missions Department

missions@hadassah.org

(800) 237-1517

Contact Us

40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005

support@hadassah.org

More ›

Show More