AUSTIN (KXAN) — Dell Children’s just received a special shipment of custom-designed superhero hospital gowns.
“I’m excited to pick one out,” said Isabel Depaz, who’s at the hospital for cancer treatment. She was leaning towards the superheroes, but astronauts and even an elephant can now be spotted around the hospital.
“I think my favorite is the elephant,” said patient Wyatt Frey. “I’m in the hospital and I got cancer. I want to feel better and be better. I just wish I was better.”
The Starlight Children’s Foundation donated more than 1,200 “Brave Gowns.” The hospital says they’re soft and tie down the side instead of the back, giving kids more privacy. They also meet all the hospital infection and safety standards.
“It’s an opportunity for our patients to get to make a choice, when a lot of times in the hospital, they don’t have a lot of fun choices and to really have a gown that helps them feel brave,” explained Kim Stephens, child life manager at Dell Children’s.
Dell Children’s is part of Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.
Parents think the gowns can go a long way in helping make their little ones feel more comfortable.
“I think that this is a really awesome opportunity,” said Carissa Foerster, who is Isabel’s mother. “Just have something a little bit more fun so that they look forward to each procedure.”
Dell Children’s says the gowns can be taken home as a reminder of each patient’s bravery. They’ll be used year-round and when they start running low, the hospital will request another donation.
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Summer Germann came up with the idea for the gowns to honor her 10-year-old brother who passed away from pediatric cancer in 2002.