BALTIMORE - For several decades great things have happened at the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, doctors and nurses – saving lives.
Now, there’s “paws” for a new faculty member – a golden retriever trained to help children recover.
Two-year-old Yuba is one of the newest members of the hospital’s staff. He works along the side of certified physical therapists.
“Yuba’s really been an asset to the treatment team here at Mount Washington,” said Dr. Stephen Nichols. “It has allowed the therapists to work with children who may be reluctant to participate in therapy. Having Yuba present at these treatment sessions has allowed children to participate and help in their healing.”
From playing fetch to simply being a friend to those in recovery, patients and doctors agree Yuba is making a difference.
“Yuba like kind of relaxes you,” said 17-year-old Linus Osuji. “…You’re here every day, doing therapy and the same ole stuff and sometimes the dog just helps you get your mind off the actual workout or the burn of the pain you feel.”
Osuji has been rehabbing for nine weeks. He broke his pelvis in a car accident.
Yuba and his handler Adreienne, a certified therapeutic recreation specialist for Mount Washington, completed a year-long training process learning 60 different commands while providing assistance to pediatric therapists.
Adrienne Blizzard says Yuba has made the difference in many situations.
“Every therapist that he works with says ‘oh my gosh I haven't been able to get this kid too do this.’ With the dog there, he really helps to relax them and motivate them. The motivation to complete their therapy, it's a new excitement for them.”
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