Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Little kid who dresses up for Halloween as the Doctor who saved his Life

A seven-year-old Seattle-area boy dressed up for Halloween as a different kind of superhero. He went as Dr. Jay Rubenstein, the doctor who saved his life.

Landon Browne turned up at Seattle Children's Hospital on Wednesday wearing a lab coat, stethoscope and surgical gloves to surprise Rubinstein.

"He worked on both my ears and he's a great surgeon," the little boy explained, saying that the doctor has helped give his life true meaning again.

Rubenstein performed two cochlear implant surgeries on Browne, and in turn the little boy has become an important part of the doctor's research.

"I'm pretty grateful to him for all the efforts he's made on our behalf, and for him to do this makes it clear that he feels the same way," Rubenstein said.

The surgeon wants to advance the way implant patients hear music. Implant patients often have trouble following melodies and deciphering changes in pitch.

Browne's dad is a musician and his mom, Alysia, is hopeful that one day, thanks to that research, her son will be able to hear music more clearly.

"I completely got goose bumps, because who would want their child to not experience the beauty of music," she said of her young son's operations.

As for Landon, he says he would have gone as a vampire or a prince if he hadn't dressed up as his favorite doctor. Maybe a fox costume next year?

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